Bias or prejudice—a fine line
The English language is full of subtle differences in words. One has to be careful when speaking and writing to use the right one.
Bias and prejudice are two words that fall into this category.
Bias (with a root meaning at an angle) means a preference or inclination. This is especially true if it is one that inhibits impartial judgment.
Bias usually takes the form of partiality or favoritism. One can be bias toward a perspective, ideology or perspective.
I guess I would have to admit a bias about my granddaughter being the cutest and smartest kid there ever was. (True until granddaughter #2 shows up in August, and then there will be two.)
Prejudice (literally meaning to pre-judge) is slightly more sinister. If is a preconceived opinion or feeling arrives at beforehand and without any knowledge, facts or logic.
Prejudice can be favorable or unfavorable although we tend to think of its most negative form like racial discrimiation.
We can’t help being bias or prejudice, but I caution you to evaluate your motives, upbringing, past experiences etc. when making important decisions.