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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A commoner, one belonging to the working class.
2. An uncultured or unsophisticated person.
3. A person of low social status.
Short for plebeian, from Latin plebeius (of the common people), from plebs (common people). Earliest documented use: 1795.
In 2012, the British MP Andrew Mitchell resigned when it was reported that he called a police officer this word. There’s more to the story and the incident has come to be known as Plebgate.
“For Cicero, free speech was the prerogative of the ‘best men’ in the Senate, not the plebs.”
Jacob Mchangama; Even Noxious Ideas Need Airing -- Censorship Only Makes Them Stronger; The Economist (London, UK); Jan 31, 2020.
See more usage examples of pleb in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic -- in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea -- known to medical science is work. -Thomas Szasz, author, professor of psychiatry (15 Apr 1920-2012)