A portmanteau adjective describing something that is both hateful and pathetic - obviously a word that our current social environment needs desperately. It was coined, so far as I know, by blogger Andrew Sullivan, used to describe such things as a 45-year old clip of Barry McGuire singing "Eve of Destruction" with a notable grimace on Shindig, in tight white jeans with a moody junkyard stage set and interpretive "dancing" behind him. Obviously also useful in summarizing the Glenn Beck vibe.
Sarah Palin's attempts at political analysis and debate aim so low and miss so badly that they are merely hathetic.
by fobbio November 24, 2010