'Sheeple' added to the dictionary, cites Apple fans as example

'Sheeple' added to the dictionary, cites Apple fans as example
Language always evolves and dictionaries try to put a delay on making official certain terms that may have gained popularity over the years, just to make sure it's something that is likely to last. Apparently, Merriam-Webster has decided that trolling Apple fans is something that will last the test of time, and so it has added the word "sheeple" to its list of official words.

The official definition of "sheeple" is "people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced : people likened to sheep," however it's the rest of the listing that is fascinating. The second example of using the word "sheeple" references an Apple user who will "happily shell out $99" for the official battery case released for the iPhone despite said case being "ungainly" and "lumpy." We're pretty sure Apple fans may not take kindly to that reference, but considering there are better and cheaper iPhone battery cases available, some credit must be given to Merriam-Webster for accuracy on that. 

Even more interesting is the listing claims the first known use of the word was 1945. It doesn't mention the context of that first usage, but considering how long it took for "sheeple" to gain enough popularity and usage to make it into the dictionary, it might seem reasonable to say Apple's influence was the difference maker. 

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1. Cat97

Posts: 1923; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Justice has been done :))

11. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol. Apple, the most influencial company in the world.

28. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol and Apple fans, so gullible/stupid they are defined as such now.

35. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

But you went out and bought an S7 with a stretched screen and a FPS in a worst location for $800 called the S8......Sheeple is not just for Apple fans.

38. willard12 unregistered

Cool, you're starting to re-word your "it's basically a..." comments. This article is about a dictionary and you've clearly been using a thesaurus.

39. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Sheeple is not just for Apple fans." Sorry, but you can't call non-Apple fans "Sheeple" because it infringes on the trade mark patent of iSheep!!!

46. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There is nothing wrong with the location of the FPS on the S8. The stupid people who cry about it, are just stupid. However, I find that a much better thing to swallow, than you all buying the same 3 phones in a row for 3 years and get absolutely NOTHING NEW. Let's be fair and compare. From the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 7, other than speed bums and under the hood improvements, please list what you got that was new. I'll be waiting. Oh wait...you got a telephoto lens which only works if you can figure out what is the right distance to stand for a 2X lense. Now I personally did not own an S7, I got that for the wife to sub for her Note 7. But let's compare the S7 to the S8. The S7 didn't have an Iris Scanner, It didn't have facial recognition, it didn't have a 18.5:9 aspect ratio, it didn't have a 8MP camera on the front, it didn't have USB Type-C, it didn't have Android 7.0 pre-installed, it didn't have an improved UI (this you can see with your eyes) so it exceed under the hood improvements that you cant physically see, the S7 didn't have a way to adjust the colors of the display independently, it didn't have onscreen navigation, it didn't have BT 5.0, it didn't have a GigaBit Modem, it didn't have 64GB of Internal Storage, it didn't have Bixby, I never owned the iPhone 6 or 6S. I bought my mom the 6S Plus and used it for a week as I prepared it for her to use. But I use dit enough to compare it to my iPhone 7+ which I do use everyday. And when I took her to the doctor the other night, I was able to use them side by side. Theer are "some" improvements in the UI, but not much. Other than speed bumps and a extra lense, the 2 phones are basically identical. So if I had a 6S and upgraded to a iPhone 7...I would find that more stupid vs goign from the S7 to the S8. Because the S8 has more than the S7 by alot vs what the iPhone 7 has over the ^S. In fact the 7 isn't even much different than the 6 other than iOS10. It is simply stupid to even compare an iPhone to a Galaxy/Android device specifically Because even the S7 at $650 new is way better then the base iPhone at the same price. The S8 takes better pictures than the S7. Every site on the internet including PA stated the iPhone 7 does not take better pictures than the 6S. I rather you be honest and fair and be right, then to be a douchebag troll with false facts that only a fool like you would believe. The S8 is a nice upgrade over the S7 vs the iPhone 7 over the 6S.

93. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

No external differences? They REMOVED the head phone back haha. And to be fair, they did finally make it water resistant. But I worked for Verizon, I know first hand from handling the phones and going through Apple training that they release the same phone for 2 years while putting a better CPU and Camera in it, rest of the new features are usually software and the OLD phone gets them in an update.

57. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'd wait until the iPhone debuts before making fun of someone else, it's very possible that the new iPhone may have the same attributes as the S8. They're supposedly doing a minimal bezel screen and since it sounds like the their first choice for the location of the fps isn't a go, who's to say where it will end up?

70. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The s8 is far from a s7.

71. Samclark

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

You've no idea about the greatness of S8, it's far more superior than any apple product out there. Sheeple means buying an outdated phone at a very high price because you've an illusion that it'll make you look richer than your original worth.

106. shadad

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

any samsung mobile flagship beat the crap out of the iCrappy iphone. please lol

108. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

yeah, but he didn't line up for days camping out in a tent, without washing or taking a sh*t in order to be one of the first to get an "i" device... that's really what Sheeple is all about :P

34. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Please do elaborate? If every single Mac device shut down and died right now, people would be upset, but the world would keep on ticking. Microsoft powered device? yeah, financial crisis at least. Linux (yes, they aren't a company, but even so) - everything we know would generally stop. Just to put into perspective. Apple makes devices for people, not servers not infrastructure or whatnot, the world can easily go on without Apple. Microsoft makes products used by people and business' world wide, that vanishing is going to rock the boat, and several windows servers would vanish with the tools there. Linux (and unix and such) the generally little know stuff by consumers, it stops, world stops. And yes, yes, I am aware there are other varieties and other systems and the list goes on and on, but this is just very generally cut out if you want to talk 'influence'

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I've said that a million times. If every product made by Apple shutdown, I am sure it would cause some chaos. I know many company's that still use OSX Server. But the damage would be much smaller vs Windows or any form of Linux. Windows is still 40% of the Enterprise. That is millions of companies and they are companies who control the most wealth and run the biggest businesses. Even Apple uses Windows Server and other Windows products and services other than Office. X-Serve was a good idea on paper, but was a dying breed. Linux is free, but support is expensive. If Linux goes down, no one can fix it accept a PRO. A person who uses desktop Windows, could jump on Windows Server and figure it out. I did before I got certified. Now it is official. But to be fair, not everyone who uses Apple products are iSheep or Sheeple., but the vast majority of them fall under one of those umbrella.

37. willard12 unregistered

Yes the are influential. Just as the article describes, they have you completely brainwashed. But, you should be given credit for at least being able to admit their influence over you.

59. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Shut up 'Sheeple'

72. lyndon420

Posts: 6823; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Really? Maybe amongst prosecution attorneys lol.

69. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

s**t is hilarious lol, I'm dead over here.......save me hahaha!

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Epic :)

4. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Ever single OEM's has sheep so.

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Apple have more than all others OEM together ( beside Samsung thats has almost as many lol )

73. lyndon420

Posts: 6823; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Uhmmm....no - not to the extent where people will camp out for a week or more just before a new product launch.

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Next Samsung is on the list..

6. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Apple Sheeple Samsung Shameesung LG Shleelge

7. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Struck a nerve, I see.

61. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Turdkord is on a butthurt role today.

82. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm always on your mind.

12. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Nah, samsung will never attain that level. They will never be as trendy tbh.

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