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Very Clever


I heard this word today and I think it's brilliant:
Sheeple
To describe - heck, let's borrow freely from Wikipedia here - It is often used to denote persons who voluntarily acquiesce to a perceived authority or suggestion without sufficient research to understand fully the ramifications involved in that decision, and thus undermine their own human individuality or in other cases give up certain rights. The implication of sheeple is that as a collective, people believe or do whatever they are told, especially if told so by a perceived authority figure believed to be trustworthy, without critically thinking about it or doing adequate research to be sure that it is an accurate representation of the real world around them. The term is generally used in a political and sometimes in a spiritual sense.

XKCD have a great Sheeple cartoon, very thought-provoking:


Someone's also made up a mock 'Sheeple' magazine:


Question is, is the Sheeple concept demeaning to sheep?

rojblake rojblake 36-40, M 13 Responses Jun 8, 2010

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sheeple does rhyme with giggle, I like it too

!!! At least sheep have that element of randomness. A line tracer robot (unless the damping is wrong ...) is very highly controlled. It probably has something to do with relationships with parents etc.??

a group of "sheeple" is about to be the end of me... I think certain people are "susceptible" to this phenomenon. My brother claims to have Aspergers Syndrome (I'm not sure I believe it's even a real thing myself) and he is a "rulebookfere"... He's like a line tracer robot. He seeks out rules and authority figures to follow and often follow them simply to be in compliance and no other reason...

or to play-mate :)<br />
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NS I thought your comments were very good - for the record- right on topic!

NS, if you ever have the time to observe a flock of sheep, there's always the odd one that lifts its head and shoulders up on the back of another. Interesting indeed. Whatever profundity their could be in this observation could so easily be destroyed by the knowledge that they are just play-mating...

Wildernessgirl is going to take this away to ponder...interesting NS!

Sheeple people in a steeple who drive Jeep -ples. Gee - ples!!<br />
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lol<br />
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I've got to meet the person who invented this word...they are my sort of Peeple :)

Love it, why didn't I know this...!

I like that meaning too, ES.<br />
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and Lala, it is definitely one of those words that can make you happy just hearing it :)

To me, sheeple are people who follow the crowd, irrespective of individual thought or opinion.

I love this word, it makes me giggle

... and those distracting rams!

I think that at election time, we are probably all very confused sheeple. Who is the best ram to lead the flock??? And watch out for whethers... and would you follow a confident ewe?