STEREOTYPES

The happiest man on earth lives in a British house, gets an American salary, has a Chinese wife, and eats Japanese food.

The saddest man on earth lives in a Japanese house, gets a Chinese salary, has an American wife, and eats British food.

These are of course, traditional jokes. People often take their own mental picture of a type of person, and generalize it to all people in that group. This image then becomes a stereotype for that group.

Stereotypes also exist about cultures and countries as a whole. Some stereotypes suggest that most Germans are industrious, Italians are passionate and the English are phlegmatic. Homer Simpson of the TV series The Simpsons is the personification of the American stereotype. Often take their own mental picture of a type of person and generalize it to all that group

Germans are also considered mechanical, organized, boring, without sense of humor and conscientious. They are supposedly born with a monkey wrench in their hands, eating vast quantities of sausage and sauerkraut. They loathe inefficiency, love the Fatherland, have never been late for anything in their lives, and are fastidious about rules and regulations They would secretly like to invade Europe, even if they have to do it via the EU. They probably eat about five huge meals a day besides drinking beer in gallons.

Ethiopian seem to suffer an eternal famine and possess big Foreheads. They also make the best long distance runners.

Australians are considered party animals, nature lovers, sports lovers and extroverted. They are also honest, unbiased and bohemians. People think they surf all day and drink all night !

Americans are difficult to stereotype because they are such an eclectic bunch, but extreme patriotism seems to be a trait many possess. They are over consuming, ethnocentric, obese and dim witted but also optimistic, caring, and intrepid. Americans are considered independent and very entrepreneurial.

Arabs are visualized as living in one big massive desert devoid of any technology whatsoever, getting around by riding camels which is also their main and only source of nutrition. They keep their women in veils and are polygamous.

Brazilians are body-centric, party animals, impulsive; They are carnival addicts, mad about soccer and coffee , and can’t stop doing samba all day. They are also active, and ingenious people though they are always trying to outwit government and have no qualms about bending regulations. There has to be a reason why most outlaws are hidden away in Brazil ! They tend to be family- and community-oriented.

British can be stiff upper-lips, ultra-traditional, bulldog spirit, have bad teeth and hygiene. Can be rude, thin, smoke cigar or pipe, swear all day long. Because they are artistic, deep thinkers, intelligent and articulate, they have produced ground breaking literature, theater and rock music.

Chinese stereotype is stingy and business-oriented. They think money rules the world and are preparing for world domination. They are credited with being fast-learners, open-minded, ambitious and progressive. They also are materialistic, do kung fu and other martial arts, are great at mathematics. However, they can’t hold their liquor, drive terribly. They wear glasses, pirate and copy everything, don’t value contracts and provide cheap labour. They drink green tea, eat everything that lives – rats, bear, gall bladder, rhino horns and sea cucumber.

Dutch are considered polite, open-minded, well-traveled, and harmless in general. Netherlands is “a nation of rosy-cheeked farmers who live in windmills, wear clogs, have a house redolent of tulips and sit on piles of yellow cheese”.

French make good lovers and own the best cuisine in the world. However are chaotic, remiss, introverted and selfish. They are cultured but do not like to work – prefer to strike. They always surrender in war, won’t speak English, are rude to tourists and are anti-American. They avoid using soap, are supercilious, distant and difficult to meet. They don’t respect religious freedom.

Greek can be big, overweight and lazy. They eat souvlaki and olives and drink Ouzo or red wine all day. They always break their plates after meals, can’t drive especially when its dark. They can be disorganized, live the easy life and are corruptible. They own all the oil-tankers in the world.

Indians are adaptive, open-minded, agreeable, cerebral and hardworking . On the negative side they can be manipulative and politically inactive. They are also studious, intelligent, prolific; inoffensive and generally poor. They maintain poor personal hygiene, have huge families , are obsessed with movies and cricket. They are spiritual, meditators, snake charmers, and legendary bureaucrats. Great at computer programming and will soon outsource the whole world.

Jamaicans are indolent grass-smokers. They are Reggae and Rasta maniacs, loud, boisterous and aggressive. They make innovative musicians who influence many genres. They believe God is Bob Marley!

Swiss are rich, competent, private, modest; they are also , serious, multi-lingual, hard bargainers and the best watch makers. They sit in the mountains, ‘yodel’ and milk their cows; they play 12m long Alpine horns, are ruddy cheeked; they tend to  

be pretty smug because of the fresh mountain air. Their trains always run on time; their diet is chocolate and holey-cheese; the women are mostly blond, never grow old, and are usually named Heidi; But the swiss living in Zurich are different: those are sharp-suited secretive bankers hoarding Nazi gold and dirty money from all over the world; they are obsessed with the environment, cleanliness and punctuality; tight on the rules.

Japanese are disciplined, organized, very techy, fearful, neurotic but competent. Always short but wealthy due to being workaholics. Their women are subordinate to men and make perfect devoted wives. They eat raw-fish , can be suicidal and always travel in packs!

For Koreans ‘kimchi’ is the only food. They are open-minded, ambitious, progressive, efficient, materialistic and assertive. They are tech-savy, love gossip, and may soon become a superpower next only to china .

Italians live with their Mamas all their life. They are even more chaotic than the French and very possessive, passionate and pizza or pasta freaks. They are creative and smooth-talking but manipulative and dishonest. They are soccer-addicted and either Casanovas, felons or mafioso .They make by far the best sports cars in the world, and they rule the world of fashion and styling.

Nigerians are internet scam artists & drug dealers besides being violent and neurotic. They are can also be, open-minded, modest , and creative. They practice bizarre cults like sacrificing their first-born children.

Mexicans are heavy tequila drinkers, always come into America illegally. They wear huge sombreros, are religious, family-oriented, modest. Their men are corpulent, have golden teeth and a 3-day-beard, all women are as attractive as Salma Hayek !

Romanians make you flinch, aren’t they directly related to Dracula ? Everyone in Romania owns a mystic castle and is primitive or communist.

Stereotyping is not only hurtful, it is also unfair. Even if the stereotyping is happening involunatarily, constantly repudiating someone based on your prejudices will lead to a fragmented society.

Stereotyping can lead to bullying from a young age. Stereotyping encourages hectoring behavior that children carry into adulthood.

Stereotyping can also lead people to live lives driven by hate, and can cause the victims of those stereotypes to be driven by fear.

But we use the subconscious stereotypes all the time. Assume that you are walking down the street and you have only two choices — either walk on the left side of the street or the right side of the street. Before you choose, you notice that on the left side there are ten tattooed, muscular men with shaved heads walking and talking together, while on the right side you see ten “clean-cut” men wearing dress shirts and ties carrying Bibles. Now, which side would you choose to walk ?

Word – Watch

  • Bohemians

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline; full of rough and exuberant animal spirits

Other Meaning(s) : violently agitated and turbulent;

Synonyms : gypsies

  • Boisterous

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline; full of rough and exuberant animal spirits

Other Meaning(s) : Adjective; adj. violently agitated and turbulent

Synonyms : obstreperous, defiant

  • Casanovas

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; men who are chronic flirts

Synonyms : playboys

  • Chaotic

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; lacking a visible order or organization; completely unordered and unpredictable and confusing;

Other Meaning(s) : of or relating to a sensitive dependence on initial conditions

Synonyms : helter-skelter, disorderly

  • Conscientious

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; guided by or in accordance with conscience or sense of right and wrong

Other Meaning(s) : characterized by extreme care and great effort;

Synonyms : painstaking, scrupulous

  • Corpulent

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; excessively fat

Synonyms : obese, weighty, rotund

  • Cuisine

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; noun the practice or manner of preparing food or the food so prepared

Synonyms : culinary art

  • Corruptible

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; immoral or dishonest, especially as shown by the exploitation of a position of power or trust for personal gain

Synonyms : cowardly, weak-willed

  • Devoid

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; completely lacking; completely wanting or lacking

Synonyms : barren, destitute, innocent

  • Eclectic

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas;

Other Meaning(s) : noun someone who selects according to the eclectic method

Synonyms : eclecticist

  • Eternal

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; tiresomely long; seemingly without end; continuing forever or indefinitely

Synonyms : ageless, perpetual

  • Extroverted

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; at ease in talking to others; not introspective; examining what is outside yourself; being concerned with the social and physical environment

Synonyms : outgoing

  • Ethnocentric

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; centered on a specific ethnic group, usually one’s own

Synonyms : nationalism, fanatical patriotism

 

  • Felons

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted

Synonyms : criminals, crooks

  • Flinch

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : verb; to make an involuntary small backward movement in response to pain or something frightening or shocking

Synonyms : recoil, balk

  • Fastidious

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; concerned that even the smallest details should be just right, e.g. fastidious about his appearance

Synonyms : particular, precise

  • Hectoring

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; a behaviour marked by bullying other

Synonyms : bullying

  • Indolent

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; disinclined to work or exertion

Other Meaning(s) : (of tumors e.g.) slow to heal or develop and usually painless;

Synonyms : slothful, work-shy

  • Ingenious

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; showing inventiveness and skill; skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends; (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and creativity in thought or action

Synonyms : inventive

  • Intrepid

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; invulnerable to fear or intimidation, brave

Synonyms : valiant

  • Involunatarily

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; not done willfully, not of one’s non volition

Synonyms : forced

  • Jingoism

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; noun fanatical patriotism; an appeal intended to arouse patriotic emotions

Synonyms : chauvinism

  • Kimchi

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; a pickle made with vegetables such as cabbage and white radish seasoned with chili, garlic, and ginger, regarded as the national dish of Korea

  • Neurotic

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; obsessive about everyday things

Synonyms : overanxious, obsessed

  • Phlegmatic

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; showing little emotion

Synonyms : apathetic, stoic

  • Polygamous

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; having more than one mate at a time; used of relationships and individuals;

Other Meaning(s) : having several forms of gametoecia on the same plant

Synonyms : heteroicous, polyoicous

  • Prejudices

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; partialities in choice

Synonyms : biases

  • Prolific

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; producing ideas or works frequently and in large quantities

Synonyms : productive, creative

  • Qualms

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; uneasiness about fitness of one’s actions

Synonyms : scruples

  • Reclusive

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; providing privacy or seclusion; withdrawn from society; seeking solitude

Synonyms : cloistered, sequestered

 

  • Redolent

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; (used with `of’ or `with’) noticeably odorous; having a strong pleasant odor; serving to bring to mind

Synonyms : aromatic, evocative,

  • Remiss

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; failing in what duty requires

Synonyms : delinquent, neglectful

  • Ruddy

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; with a healthy reddish glow

Synonyms : reddish, rosy

  • Stingy

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; unwilling to spend; deficient in amount or quality or extent

Synonyms : scrimpy

  • Subservient

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; compliant and obedient to authority; abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant; serving or acting as a means or aid

Other Meaning(s) : consisting of or forming human or animal figures

Synonyms : slavish, submissive

  • Supercilious

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; expressive of contempt; having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

Synonyms : snide, haughty

  • Sauerkraut

 

Contextual Meaning (s) : noun; a German dish of shredded cabbage fermented in its own juice with salt

Synonyms : broccoli

  • Souvlaki

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; a Greek dish consisting of pieces of seasoned meat roasted on skewers

Synonyms : kebab, shish kebab

  • Smug

 

Contextual Meanings(s) : adjective; conceited and self-satisfied

Synonyms : self-satisfied, self- righteous

  • Sombreros

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; a straw or felt hat with a very wide upturned brim, originally worn by men in Mexico and some other Spanish-speaking countries

  • Trait

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; noun a distinguishing feature of one’s personal nature

Synonyms : characteristic

  • Unbiased

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; without bias; characterized by a lack of partiality or prejudices

Other Meaning(s) : consisting of or forming human or animal figures

Synonyms : fair

  • Wrench

 

Contextual Meaning (s) : verb; to move with a forceful twisting movement

Other Meaning(s) : noun; a difficult parting from a person or place, or the feelings of sadness and loss that accompany such as parting, e.g. Leaving New York was a terrible wrench after having lived there for 30 years.

Synonyms : pull, jerk

  • Yodel

 

Contextual Meaning(s) : verb; to sing, changing rapidly between a normal and falsetto voice

Synonyms : sing high

 

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