LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||03/SET/2009 4:23 PM|
People can patronize or be patronized in several ways.
Maybe this other word will help clarify, the word is "paternalistic".
You can patronize a service, you can be a patron of your local library, and that's fine, no problem there.
But you can be a professor at a college or university and you can
patronize your students with behaviors and attitudes that are seem as rude or condescending towards your students, such as:
This one I heard really from a Brazilian guy who leads business seminars all over Brazil:
"You have to read your books sitting down like this because you start reading, then you look for the pictures, you check to see if the print is large or small, then you read and you notice you don't know anything because you read laying on your bed..."
I thought that speech was very "patronizing".
Usually leaders who patronize others can be very paternalistic.
The words patronizing and paternalistic are somewhat connected.
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