Pleb: From the Latin ‘Plebes’ meaning the masses, Read more:

Pleb: is a shortening of plebian, it is considered a colloquialism and first appeared in 1856, prior to that ‘plebian’ was used.

The word is often falsely attributed to the Romans, but the first record is found in the 1560’s – more than 100 years after the Roman empire. It was used as a way of referring to the common people.

However it is based on the very similar, Latin word ‘Plebes’ which would have been used by the Romans and which has its basis in the Proto-Indo-European word ‘pele’ meaning ‘to fill’, somewhere along the line; probably in the translation from Greek to Latin, the words meaning changed from ‘to fill’ to ‘the masses’.


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