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    This is a world full of..

    Hello, yesterday I was trying to find the appropriate word for expressing the following.

    It is a world full of X.

    I am looking for the X word.

    What I want to express is that we live in a world which is full of false "beliefs" (in a broad sense).


    For example I am Greek and I know that most foreigners believe that Greeks are hospitable persons. Other people believe that Scottish people are stingy.
    For me these statements do not hold and probably they are

    • false beliefs (too general)
    • myths (not so appropriate)
    • legends (more for fairytale and more appropriate for one person-hero)
    • typicalities (I do not think this fits)


    I am trying to express false beliefs of the masses (masses is a valid word meaning the crowds right?)

    So how do you express that?

    I would like to thank you in advance for your help.

    Best Regards
    Alex.
    Last edited by dervast; 17-May-2010 at 07:57.

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    Re: This is a world full of..

    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Hello, yesterday I was trying to find the appropriate word for expressing the following.

    It is a world full of X.

    I am looking for the X word.

    What I want to express is that we live in a world which is full of false "beliefs" (in a broad sense).


    For example I am Greek and I know that most foreigners believe that Greeks are hospitable persons. Other people believe that Scottish people are stingy.
    For me these statements do not hold and probably they are

    • false beliefs (too general)
    • myths (not so appropriate)
    • legends (more for fairytale and more appropriate for one person-hero)
    • typicalities (I do not think this fits)

    I am trying to express false beliefs of the masses (masses is a valid word meaning the crowds right?)

    So how do you express that?

    I would like to thank you in advance for your help.

    Best Regards
    Alex.
    The two words that immediately come to my mind are 'misconceptions' and 'stereotypes'.

    'It is a world full of misconceptions and stereotypes.'

    Do these words express the point you are trying to make?

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    Re: This is a world full of..

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    The two words that immediately come to my mind are 'misconceptions' and 'stereotypes'.

    'It is a world full of misconceptions and stereotypes.'

    Do these words express the point you are trying to make?
    Thanks a lot !

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