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It's clichéed, sure - but I'm biased.

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Wormholes · 09/07/2021 10:04

Cliché is a noun: 'it's a cliché to say so'.

Clichéed is the adjective: 'it's a clichéed idea'.

Bias is a noun: 'the jury displayed bias'.

Biased (or biassed, if you prefer) is the adjective: 'the jury's decision was biased'.

I sometimes feel as though I'm the last person on earth who observes this distinction.

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Branleuse · 09/07/2021 10:19

It looks wrong to write clichéed though doesnt it, since its clearly not an english word. Looks weird to put a D on the end to anglicise it yet keep the accent so it looks french.
Id have to say that idea was a bit of a cliché , rather than a clichéed idea

Beeeeeeeeeeeeeep · 09/07/2021 10:24

It's not clicheed as it's a french word. French doesn't add a D to past participles. It's cliché.

MurielSpriggs · 09/07/2021 10:38

Oooh, all so gloriously pedantically pointless! I profoundly disagree with both of you. "Biased" is a past participle, not an adjective. And cliché is no more a French word than etiquette or coupon.

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