Bias or prejudice–which are you?

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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.


10 responses to “Bias or prejudice–which are you?

  1. Heck, if I wasn’t biased or prejudiced, I wouldn’t have anything interesting to say.

  2. wordsbybob

    Kinda true I guess. Nice to meet you at the Social Media Social.

  3. Woody Woodward

    I like what the Great Apostle Paul said about bias thoughts, “Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” I Corinthians 1:31 Knowing where we receive and whom we receive them from, will keep us all humble. Glad you are feeling up to such Mensa thoughts!

  4. Thanks Woody. What’s Mensa–a new kind of car? HA

  5. Woody Woodward

    I was playing with some words myself and came across this 2 dollar word. Thought I would boast about my brilliance! HAHA!

  6. Thanks Kathy. I think I accidentally deleted your comment.

    Hi Bob. So glad to see you are back writing. I really enjoy reading these. Thanks to you, my brain is full of trivial info…keep them coming! Kath

  7. To say that you are without bias is, right there, biased.

  8. Predjuice….I cannot say I am without any. When we look at ourselves, no matter how hard we search, we will find some ‘pre judging’ that we are guilty of. I try to remember the words ‘When you say ‘All ——- are stupid’ you know that all inclusive remarks are inaccurate….or All those ——are dumb.’ You know you are not speaking the truth. You are full of beans (or words to that effect).

  9. Is this column an inside joke? You write a column with the byline “Successful Writer” and decide to pontificate on the correct usage of ‘bias’, only to mis-use (in an example of my biggest pet-peeve) the word twice(!) in a short article.

    Sir, the correct usage is ‘biased’ when using it as an adjective (as you did). In the meaning of prejudice, the word ‘bias’ is a noun.

  10. Thanks you Chuck. I stand corrected. I appreciate your comments and that you read my blog.