Merriam-Webster defines its new word, “sheeple,” as those who are “easily influenced.”
I’m sure plenty of groups of people qualify as said “sheeple.” I, for example, am easily influenced by any shop selling doughnuts, and I’m sure many people are like me. But the dictionary chose Apple fans as its mental image.
Here’s their example:
Apple’s debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone—an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell out $99 for.
Are you an iPhone owner with a battery case worth about $100? Then you, my friend, have made it to the dictionary.
Perhaps it’s not the greatest accomplishment, but please take solace in knowing we are all sheeple in our own ways.