\ \ [16] The plēbs were the ‘common people’ of ancient Rome (the word may connected with Greek pléthosmultitude’, a relative of English plethora). English gets plebeian from its derived adjective plēbēius. The connotations of ‘lower-classness’ have been transferred from ancient Rome to the present day, and inspired the derogatory pleb [19]. A plebiscite [16] is etymologically a ‘decree approved by the common people’.

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