I am came across this phrase in a CR presentation (slide #19). What is its meaning?

Equanimity – Less “playing of favorites” with people, compassion

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    The slide is saying that we should treat people equally (without favoritism) and with compassion.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 14, 2014 at 9:58

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To 'play favorites' means to treat some individuals better or to prefer them, as when a teacher gives more attention to certain students or gives them better grades/marks than other students who have done the same quality work.

'Playing of favorites' is just a gerund variant of this idea.


Right. Note that the phrase is "play favorites", as in "George played favorites when he chose his team," and "George was known for playing favorites when choosing his team." "Playing of favorites" is grammatical, but almost never the best usage.

  • Yes, and I believe that the 'of' variant is likelier when the gerund is used as the subject.
    – Epanoui
    Sep 14, 2014 at 7:34

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