street style t-shirt of the week: hater

hello hater! goodbye hater!

hater t-shirt

Don't hate the player.

The term “hater” has been apart of the American vernacular far longer than many realize. It’s use can be found throughout history in political and social commentary. Quotes by notable personalities who have used this term have included George Washington Carver, James A. Garfield and even Coretta Scott King. But, according to the Online Slang Dictionary, (yes, there really is such a thing!), the term joined the ranks within the urban world somewhere around 1997.  One can safely assume that its rebirth finds its roots in the early culture of hip-hop.

The Urban Dictionary, offers endless definitions for the term. The most popular, however is below with an example of its usage:

A person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person. Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesn’t really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock someone else down a notch.


Susan: You know, Kevin from accounting is doing very well. He just bought a house in a very nice part of town.

Jane (hater): If he is doing so well why does he drive that ’89 Taurus?

This definition, added in 2005 has received the most votes for validity of the term with 3,613 voting for a thumbs up and 430 votes giving it a thumbs down.

The graphics on this t-shirt are explicit and illustrative to the point.  Nowadays, everyone knows and understands what a “hater” is. The present-day definition can be heard in our everyday life. But it took former rapper and now actor, Ice-T, to teach us how to best disparage a “hater” when he was one of the first to coin the phrase, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”  Word!

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