One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1People, regarded as the inhabitants of this world, as opposed to the spiritual or supernatural realm; human beings.
2Chiefly Science Fiction. Natives or inhabitants of the planet earth. Usually with capital initial.
Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From earth + people, in sense 1 and 3 after earthman.
earth people/ˈəːθ ˌpiːpl/
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