peoples : Common Errors in English

About peoples

In the Middle Ages “peoples” was not an uncommon word, but later writers grew wary of it because “people” has a collective, plural meaning which seemed to make “peoples” superfluous. It lived on in the sense of “nations” (“the peoples of the world”) and from this social scientists (anthropologists in particular) derived the extended meaning “ethnic groups” (“the peoples of the upper Amazon Basin”). However, in ordinary usage “people” is usually understood to be plural, so much so that in the bad old days when dialect humor was popular having a speaker refer to “you peoples” indicated illiteracy. If you are not referring to national or ethnic groups, it is better to avoid “peoples” and use “people.”See also .

peoples Meaning(s)

  • (n) the human beings of a particular nation or community or ethnic group

peoples in News

  1. Historical Society Sets 'Walk Through Time' in Peoples State Forest Saturday

    BARKHAMSTED--The Barkhamsted Historical Society is inviting hikers and history buffs to take a “Walk Through Time” in Peoples State Forest along East River Road this Saturday, June 15.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Litchfield County Times

  2. Peoples High students defy odds, graduate

    Students come to Peoples High School in Vallejo for various reasons, often to overcome difficult situations.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Vallejo Times-Herald

  3. Peoples LTD Declares Second Quarter Dividend

    WYALUSING, Pa., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Peoples LTD, the parent company of PS Bank, has announced that the Board of Directors has declared a second quarter cash dividend in the amount of $0.36 per ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

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