‘Abuse’, the Oxford English Dictionary tells us, is ‘injurious speech, reviling, execration’. It suggests a loud, screaming manner, whether in speaking or in writing, and a person driven on by hatred. It is not a pleasant or pretty activity. Its purpose is twofold, to provide an outlet for hostile feelings which can no longer be contained and to expose the object of one’s hate to the world as someone deserving scorn, loathing and annihilation.
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