I remember that a while back I was having the cats vs dogs discussion with a friend and I told him that I didn't like dogs (he's a dog person). A few months later, it came up in conversation with a coworker and he claimed that I "hated dogs." I tried to explain that its that I didn't like dogs, not that I hated dogs.
He said its the same thing, of course its not, but he wouldn't budge. It pisses me off when someone doest get the subtle meanings and differences in words/phrases. Hate implies a passionate dislike for something whereas not liking something simply means there is an absence of "like" (forgive me, Its early in the AM). I think he took not liking to mean the same as disliking. Its not the same, it cant be that hard to figure that one out can it? Could me saying "I don't dislike dogs" mean the same as I love dogs?
A little rant but since were on the topic of meaning/misinterpretation of words.