Monday, 1 May 2017

Merriam-Webster adds "sheeple" to dictionary, cites Apple users as an example

quote [ Merriam-Webster announced a new word in its dictionary – sheeple, for which it used Apple users as a reference to explain its meaning.

Sheeple, a portmanteau of sheep and people, is described as an informal word that defines “people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced” and thereby “likened to sheep.” ]
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[by Kelyn@11:23amGMT]


Ankylosaur said @ 12:20pm GMT on 1st May
Sheep + Apple?
cb361 said @ 1:31pm GMT on 1st May
Not a very appertising soup flavour.
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:24pm GMT on 1st May
I thought Shapple was a brand of flavored ice teas.
Abdul Alhazred said @ 6:07am GMT on 2nd May
Last night I finally convinced my wife to give up her old iPhone for a Samsung A5 series. I showed her around it in about twenty minutes, and she can now do all the things she wanted to do with the iPhone but couldn't figure out.

Meanwhile my sister, a longtime diehard Apple Krishna, is having problems because she can't get her photos and such off of her iPhone because her Macbook and her phone won't sync and she's having problems with her cloud account. When I told her that I just plug mine into my laptop's USB and can access everything she gave me a sour look.

I would say it's an apt comparison.
Kelyn said @ 5:48pm GMT on 2nd May
I finally just took my mother and my girlfriend that the had to call apple support, I got sick if trying to figure it all out for them.
HoZay said @ 7:37pm GMT on 2nd May
I've taken that tack with some of my wife's friends. I think they only bought apple cuz it they had money to burn.
papango said @ 6:19am GMT on 2nd May
Yeah, whoever wrote that article needs a quick primer in how dictionaries are made. Doug Criss doesn't work for Miriam-Webster, he's a tech journalist who is being quoted as using the phrase. Sara Rimer and James Bennet are writers (I think they're written on the white nationalist movement).

Dictionaries are descriptive, they take the examples from uses of the word in print (or electronic 'print' now).

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