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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.

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month 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.

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  • 1 month 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.  

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  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    1 month 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. 

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  • martin
    Lv 7
    1 month 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.

    • JSG1 month agoReport

      How is "common" an insult?

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