One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person regarded as an inhabitant of this world, as opposed to the spiritual or supernatural realm; a human being.
2Originally and chiefly Science Fiction. A native or inhabitant of the planet earth. Usually with capital initial.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Woman's Work for Woman. From earth + person.
earth person/ˈəːθ ˌpəːsn/
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