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Sheeple (1)

blending of sheep and people; noun
Refers to people who blindly follow the group or society like sheep, not thinking for themselves about the decisions being made.
 
The term is a metaphor to how people act like sheep sometimes, following the majority without actually thinking about the decision, leading to a herd-like mind state. Used to often refer to people who accept decisions made by the government or other organizations without questioning the motives or reasons.
Etymology : Blend of "sheep" + "people"; "sheep" - ruminant mammal, Old English sceap, scep, from West Germanic *skæpan (cf. Old Saxon scap, Old Frisian skep, Middle Low German schap, Middle Dutch scaep, Dutch schaap, Old High German scaf, German Schaf), of unknown origin; "people" -late 13c., "humans, persons in general," from Anglo-French people, Old French peupel "people, population, crowd; mankind, humanity," from Latin populus "a people, nation; body of citizens; a multitude, crowd, throng," of unknown origin, possibly from Etruscan.
Source : "Listen up sheeple!" - conversation with a friend on 11/18/2013
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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