STEREOTYPES

Good morning! There are times, when everything is going wrong, when even your darling pooch (doggie) turns around and sinks its teeth in you. It’s like the Gods have decided to teach you a lesson and the consequences are that you roam around like a zombie scratching your brains to fathom a reason for Gods’ ire (anger).

Sounds familiar, does it? Both you and I have seen many such times? And of course in all those times, we’ve felt shattered, we’ve broken down, we’ve yelled at people who love us and we’ve generally made an ass of ourselves

It is in one of these times when I happened to pick up a book, it said, “You have found me, which means that you’re already on your way to recovery (Had I not been in a book store, I’d have torn it. Look at the audacity of the author! In any case, I read on…). You can’t control your circumstances, but you can control yourself. Tough times will pass by, for that’s the law of nature. However, if there’s any wreckage left; it will be your own doing. So, go ahead and pass the test of times and pass with flying colours.”

I hated the book and the sermon in it, a feeling that is common amongst people who’re going down South — to dislike being told that ‘this will pass’.

The word ‘sermon’ reminds me of what one of my colleagues had to say. She said, “Your articles sound like sermons to me.” “Ouch!” I had felt like saying to that. Dictionaries define sermon as ‘unwanted advice about good moral behaviour’. Now, I write about everything but ‘good moral behaviour’. Please!

A few queries now:

What is the meaning of the term ‘stereotype’?
“Widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing” that’s what Oxford Dictionary says ‘stereotype’ is. In other words, stereotype is when you put a person or people in categories.

Examples:

– When you say women are better cooks, you’re stereotyping them.

Some common stereotypes are:

– Mothers- in- law are harsh.

– Girls make bad drivers.

– All blonds are dumb.
– All librarians are women who are old, wear glasses, tie a high bun, and have a perpetual frown on their face.
– Teenagers are rebels.

– Old people are cranky.

Don’t stereotype people; it’s terrible to do that. Often when you stereotype people, you end up with an egg on your face.

What is Metonymy?

– Metonymy is a figure of speech which refers to someone or something via an associated item. For an example: ‘10 Janpath’.

Other examples are:

– King of the ring
– He has taken to the bottle.

Why is active voice better than passive voice?
– Let’s see the difference between the two.

Active: She did the work.

Passive: The work was done by her.

If there is one thing most people remember from their school or college classes, it’s that you are not supposed to use the passive voice in your writing. But like most of the “rules” of writing (and many of the “rules” of grammar and usage), this one isn’t really a rule. There are some times when the passive voice is appropriate, and sometimes when it is even needed.

Active voice is preferred as it makes your writing uncomplicated. Sentences in active voice are also more concise than those in passive voice because fewer words are required to express action in active voice than in passive.

 We’ll talk more about this in the next article.

Keep smiling…

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