Merriam-Webster Adds the Definition of ‘Sheeple’ and Lists iPhone Users in an Example Sentence


There are a myriad number of customers who continue to believe that Apple overcharges for its wide-range of products and eventually, the trend to call the company’s loyal customers was associated with a term called sheeple. The term must have been recognized by Merriam-Webster because that word has been included in the dictionary and what’s more interesting is that the example sentence includes iPhone users to help readers better understand the meaning of the world.

Sheeple, According to Merriam-Webster Is a Term Used for People Who Are Docile and Are Easily Influenced

Given below is the complete definition provided by Merriam-Webster and to understand the term better, there are two example sentences provided right at the bottom:

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“Definition of sheeple


:  people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced :  people likened to sheep

James Nichols, who ran the family farm here, stamped dollar bills with red ink in protest against currency and told his neighbors that they were “sheeple” for obeying authority like livestock. — Sara Rimer and James Bennet

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

We cannot help but wonder that the second example sentence was not coincidental. Time and time again, consumers who continue to purchase Apple products are criticized for spending ludicrous amounts of money to purchase an iPhone, iMac, MacBook, or something else that is stamped with a partially eaten Apple logo.

Terms like ‘iCrap’ and ‘Crapple’ have been used frequently for a product belonging to Apple and the people purchasing those items are often referred to as sheeple. Do note that the tech giant sells a ton of smartphones in every given quarter so, under those statistics, there must be a lot of sheeple scattered across the globe.

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