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What do you think about clichés?

Clichés have always been in our society,but what is your opinion of them?. By the way, I'm Spanish , what is the main cliché of the Spanish people?

Feb 22, 2015 6:55 PM
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I think you probably mean to use the word "stereotype." It is complicated because the meanings overlap, but:


in common U.S. use today, the word "stereotyping" often means "the belief that all the members of some group are all like," and the "stereotype" is the pattern.


"Cliché" often means "a phrase that was once colorful that has become overused and hackneyed."


They both have an almost forgotten literal meaning in printing technology, where they are synonyms! They refer to a process for producing casting many identical copies of a type-metal printing place. "Stereotype" is the formal name, "cliché" is an onamatopoetic word for the sound that's made by the process. 

February 24, 2015

I was going to say what Dan said about cliches vs. stereotypes:) 

So for Spanish stereotypes, I can only say what I feel or have heard and the first thing that comes to mind is the lovely custom of afternoon siestas. Ahhh! The unflattering result of that is the thinking that the Spanish are lazy, but I don't think that's true. 

Flamboyancy is another stereotype, which is manifested in bullfighting, dancing, fiestas and even religion and architecture. 

Red. The colour red. That's Spain!

In general, I think stereotypes are interesting, because they give people an idea of how various groups are viewed. They're often either completely exaggerated or even totally false, but if anything, they provide a chuckle.

Canadians are commonly stereotyped as kind of quiet, polite, friendly and a watered-down version of Americans. I take issue with the last one (Go Canada!), but the first three can pretty accurately describe us a nation. When it comes to individuals, though, that's a completely different story. There are many loud, rude, unfriendly Canadians, but as a whole, we pretty much live up to our stereotype, I think. And I've never met a Canadian who doesn't like hockey.


February 24, 2015

With apologies in advance... most stereotypes are not really flattering, but you deserve an answer to your question.


In the United States, we are more aware of Mexico and Latin American than we are of Spain. Recently the Santander Bank has made a big push--they've been moving in for a while but only recently changed the company name from "Sovereign Bank" to "Santander Bank." I'd bet that most people who bank there have no idea that it's a Spanish company.


I'm afraid that when I think of Spain, I think first of bullfight posters, toreadors, and running with the bulls in Pamplona. I also think of century-old British stereotypes of "haughty Spaniards," Spanish aristocrats, the Spanish Armada, the opera Carmen, and Don Quixote. 


I'm struggling through Zafón's novel, La Sombra del Viento, set in 1940s Barcelona. That's probably not much like modern-day Spain either!



February 24, 2015

Well, I don't really like clichés. But there's always some things that caracterize nacionalities. Like... I'm Brazilian, and when I was studing abroad (at Spain), everyone was asking about my color of skin (I'm white and the people seems to think that there's only tanned people here.). And of course, I always was asked to dance samba, or about soccer. - Actually, I love soccer, but I REALLY can't dance samba! hahaha!

About Spanish people - I think everyone see you like a very happy people. Always partying, dancing... Don't know a bad cliché about you guys. You are luck! hahaha! 

And you? Clichés about Brazilian people??!

February 24, 2015

I´m spanish and that is true that when I am abroad people always ask me about siesta (I can not have a siesta in my labour days!!! but that is true that on weekends I always have a long siesta....), also they ask me about "the fiesta and the wine" and sometimes people ask me about bullfights...

Personaly, I think that there are a lot of stereotypes that are not related with truth, that they are not very accurate


February 24, 2015
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