What's the distinction between "common", " stereotypical" and "popular"?
Hi. If something is common is it necessarily stereotypical, and/or vice versa?
If something is common and/or stereotypical is it necessarily popular, and/or vice versa?
Please help- thank you.
- FoofaLv 72 months ago
"Common" means something that's not rare and is considered "normal". "Stereotypical" means an over simplified image of something. "Popular" means a lot of people are interested in it. So "common" and "popular" probably have more in common in terms of their definitions.
- CharlesLv 52 months ago
Some states recognize "common law marriage," which means people living together for a specified number of years without an official marriage ceremony. This is one of many uses of the word "common." Consult a dictionary.
- AndrewLv 72 months ago
"Common", when used as an adjective usually means "occurring, found, or done often; prevalent; of the most familiar type", but can also mean "shared by, coming from, or done by more than one." As a noun, it refers to a piece of public land, i.e.: "Boston Common." It can also be used in a colloquial sense as an adjective to describe something unrefined or not particularly attractive.
"Stereotypical" is an adjective which means "relating to a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing."
And "popular" means "liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group."
All three terms can be used to describe something that isn't rare, but native speakers of English employ them differently.
- martinLv 72 months ago
They all are in the same family, but "common" is an insult, while "stereotypical" is something factual and objective which can't be helped, while "popular" has a sweet ring to it although in politics it can mean an insincere politician who panders to majority opinions.