Yesterday, they shared this addition to their dictionary with Twitter:
‘Sheeple’ is in the dictionary now. https://t.co/pbXVADEoBm
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 27, 2017
To this, someone asked…
— Dan Kois (@dankois) April 27, 2017
And this clever Twitterer replied…
— AJ (@ajchavar) April 27, 2017
— T.J. Raphael (@TJRaphael) April 27, 2017
— Greg Ellner (@GregoryEllner) April 27, 2017
@MerriamWebster Nice try, Global Grammar Conspiracy, but there’s no way you’re going to mind-control me with your so-called “dictionary”!
— Gwen Gilpin (@Gwennie_G) April 27, 2017
@MerriamWebster not baaa-d!
— Alexis (@piptal) April 27, 2017
@MerriamWebster It’s Happening!
— αиgєℓιqυє (@angeliquerene) April 27, 2017
@MerriamWebster Should I retweet this? Seems like other people are.
— Stuart Brown (@_stuart_brown_) April 28, 2017
@MerriamWebster It applies to more than half the human population so it checks out
— Hadi Hemmat (@Hadi_Hemmat) April 27, 2017
@MerriamWebster Arrgh.. why do we always have to wake up? Don’t sheeple ever sleep? Is sleeple a word?
— Kelly A (@kma2718) April 27, 2017
Here’s the full entry on their website:
Definition of sheeple
- people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced : people likened to sheep
- James Nichols, who ran the family farm here, stamped dollar bills with red ink in protest against currency and told his neighbors that they were “sheeple” for obeying authority like livestock. — Sara Rimer and James Bennet
- Apple’s debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone—an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell out $99 for. — Doug Criss
It’s quite fitting that Merriam-Webster threw a little shade at Apple products and their users in that definition…considering they added that term to their dictionary earlier this year…
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) February 7, 2017
The slang definition of shade is “to express contempt or disrespect for someone publicly especially by subtle or indirect insults or criticisms.”
Well played, Merriam-Webster. Well played.
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