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Merriam-Webster calls Apple fans ‘sheeple’


Some Australian sheeple photographed in the wild.
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It is officially proper English to call compliant people — including Apple fans — “sheeple.”

The wordsmiths at Merriam-Webster revealed “sheeple” as the newest entry in the dictionary this morning. And according to the definition, Apple fans are a prime example of sheeple in the real world.

Merriam-Webster cites the definition of “sheeple” as “people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced: people likened to sheep.”

The dictionary says the first known use of the word occurred in 1945. But the second example underneath the definition contains a dig at dedicated Apple users.

“Apple’s debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone — an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell out $99 for.”

Ironically, Apple introduced the Mac to the world with an iconic “1984” ad that basically called IBM users sheeple. A year later, Cupertino made a commercial called “Lemmings” that showed PC users blindly walking off a cliff.


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