When I think of sheeple, I associate the word with bad movies from the 90’s. It’s sort of like rad, and phat with a ph. So it’s astounding to me that it took so long to be formally recognised.
Merriam-Webster has officially added the word ‘sheeple’ to the dictionary, but people aren’t too happy about it.
It’s not the word itself that has caused commotion, it’s the example being used beside the definition.
“Apple’s debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone—an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell out $99 for.”
Whoa, little harsh? Some people, even faithful Android users, think so.
By the way, Merriam-Webster defines the word as ‘people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced: people likened to sheep.’
They also mention that the word was first used in 1945, way before Apple was invented.