“I really hate her!”
My stepmother awkwardly got to her feet and started to clear the dishes off the dining table. “‘Hate’ is not a word ladies use, Clara. It is far too strong. It is time you started moderating your language.”
“Well, then,” I said, standing up to help, “I detest, loathe, and abhor her.”
Father started to laugh, then choked it off into a cough when his wife gave him a reproving look.
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