We Are Official: The Word “Sheeple” Has Been Added to the Dictionary

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The folks at Merriam-Webster have a great sense of humor, and whoever runs their Twitter account is a social media genius.

Yesterday, they shared this addition to their dictionary with Twitter:

To this, someone asked…

And this clever Twitterer replied…

Here’s the full entry on their website:

Definition of sheeple

informal

  • 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…

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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