Ok, well — maybe not “hate,” exactly (though in some offices, this is no exaggeration, I’m sure). Perhaps it’s something closer to this snippet of dialogue from Godfather III* (I know, I know — “it wasn’t as good as the first two,” something I still grieve over 20 years later):
- Michael Corleone (Al Pacino): “You hate me — you truly hate me.”
- Kay, ex-wife (Diane Keaton): “I don’t hate you, Michael. I dread you.”
Is dread any better? I don’t know.
* Apologies to my female readers. I know that The Godfather is a “guy” thing mostly (and probably a New York guy thing, more particularly).