Angela’s ABCs words sometimes confused: loathe and loath

One letter makes all the difference

Pineapple

Loathe (rhymes with clothe) is a verb meaning to dislike intensely, to detest or to hate

  • She enjoyed eating most fruits, but she loathed pineapple; even the smell made her feel sick.
  • His strictly austere Presbyterian family brought him up to loathe Catholics because of their ritual and finery.

Sexual harassmentLoath (rhymes with both) is an adjective meaning unwilling or reluctant

  • The water was calm, but so bitterly cold that he was loath to jump in.
  • Her boss’s reputation for sexual harassment was so well known that she was loath to enter his office alone.
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