One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A polite or formal way of addressing or referring to a group of people.
- ‘Well, gentlepeople, welcome to the new millennium.’
- ‘Ladies and gentlepeople of the reading audience: Commitment, as my title indicates, is a word that calls to my mind the cognitive equivalents of grinding teeth and fingernails-on-chalkboard.’
- ‘Hold down the forums for us, gentlepeople, and we'll see you when we get back.’
- ‘‘I must say that I am pleased thus far with the progression of the archaeology project, gentlepeople,’ said the Mayor.’
- ‘This, ladies and gentlepeople is exactly how not to do a single.’
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