from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The common people; the masses.
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- n. The common people; the masses. (Used with or without the definite article.)
- n. The elite (hoi oligoi).
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- n. the common people generally
Greek, the many : hoi, nominative pl. of ho, the; see so- in Indo-European roots + polloi, nominative pl. of polus, many; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek οἱ (hoi, "the (plural)"), and πολλοί (polloi, "many"). (Wiktionary)
So Ihad to smilewatching her squished like a salmon in Grant Park Tuesday night, just like hoi polloi.
I’m fascinated that you would quote writers for the WSJ and the NYT, two publications that are totally out of touch with hoi polloi.