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I remember being told in many a class that if I had a question, I as in one, then half the class was probably wondering the same thing so please put up your hand and ask because everyone else is too shy. Having been mocked since infancy by my parents and elder brothers, I can take public humiliation like a duck takes a rainstorm, so I took that advice to heart, revealing my ignorance hither and yon. Yesterday I attempted to use the word, well as it turns out, words, hoi polloi and it was an exciting and embarrassingly long time before I got close enough for Google to have a clue what I was searching for. Want to know why your poop is green? It can guess before you finish typing "Why is my ..." [I am not making this up. Well, I was but then I thought I should check, went and didn't even need the my
and that has nothing to do with my search history. It is a depressing list.] But guess what Xty is trying to spell? That will be for the computer that is to come.
hoi pol·loi (hoi p-loi) n.
The common people; the masses.
[Greek, the many: hoi, nominative pl. of ho, the [that needs to be stored in the old ambergris for future reference, as in look at all the hoi on the corner ....] + polloi, nominative pl. of polus, many.]
Usage Note: Hoi polloi is a borrowing of the Greek phrase hoi polloi, consisting of hoi, meaning "the" and used before a plural, and polloi, the plural of polus, "many." In Greek hoi polloi had a special sense, "the greater number, the people, the commonalty, the masses." This phrase has generally expressed this meaning in English since its first recorded instance, in an 1837 work by James Fenimore Cooper [he had to be useful, despite penning The Last of the Mohicans]. Hoi polloi is sometimes incorrectly used to mean "the elite," possibly because it is reminiscent of high and mighty or because it sounds like hoity-toity. · Since the Greek phrase includes an article, some critics have argued that the phrase the hoi polloi is redundant. But phrases borrowed from other languages are often reanalyzed in English as single words. For example, a number of Arabic noun phrases were borrowed into English as simple nouns. The Arabic element al- means "the," and appears in English nouns such as alcohol and alchemy. Thus, since no one would consider a phrase such as "the alcohol" to be redundant, criticizing the hoi polloi on similar grounds seems pedantic. [We got the word alcohol from Arabic? That is too funny. Are we their drunken Indians? [Can I say that? I don't mean that as a slur, I mean we gave the Indians alcohol and then took advantage of them. Ack, I am just digging a deeper and deeper hole. Best to just pipe down.]]
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