back to article Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. So says American dictionary Merriam-Webster. The American lexicologists added the term of endearment to their tome yesterday, a mere 72 years after its first recorded use in the English language. Helpfully, and entirely non-inflammatorily, Merriam-Webster's people gave two examples of " …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Top Tip

    Earn spare cash for the weekend by writing utter b*ll*cks on tabloid websites.

    1. IsJustabloke Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Top Tip

      if only it wasn't compulsory to read it....

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: writing utter b*ll*cks on tabloid websites.

      They pay you to post bollocks? Where's my cheque? I regularly talk crap!

      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: writing utter b*ll*cks on tabloid websites.

        You only get paid if you have never posted AC, and never "censored" yourself with useless fucking ***s.

        1. Crazy Operations Guy

          Re: writing utter b*ll*cks on tabloid websites.

          "never "censored" yourself with useless fucking ***s"

          I am ashamed to admit that I spent longer than what is reasonable trying to decode what you were trying to say, but couldn't figure out what obscenity was 4-letters long and ended with an 's'...

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: writing utter b*ll*cks on tabloid websites.

            piss

            just a suggestion

  2. dave 93

    More Apple ClickBait

    From the site that loves to hate on Apple, despite all their hacks using iPhones and Macs. Sad...

    1. Voyna i Mor Silver badge

      Re: More Apple ClickBait

      Did you fail to notice the "Biting the hand that feeds IT"?

      It has been on the masthead for rather a long time.

    2. David Webb

      Re: More Apple ClickBait

      Yeah, El Reg been doing this for years, having a crack at pretty much any IT company you can think of from HP to Intel to Microsoft to BAE. Guess which companies still advertise on El Reg though? Yes, the ones that get slammed by articles on this site, except Apple which bans them from any Apple gathering, press release or anything to do with the company. Vultures might eat dead sheeple.

      1. Voyna i Mor Silver badge

        Re: More Apple ClickBait

        "Yeah, El Reg been doing this for years, having a crack at pretty much any IT company you can think of from HP to Intel to Microsoft to BAE"

        Non-left-coast companies seem more often to abide by the rule that there is no such thing as bad publicity. It is said that Lord Beaverbrook rewarded the cartoonist Jak very well for a cartoon involving the Duke of Edinburgh, Beaverbrook and a number of Yeoman Warders. The caption was, IIRC:

        "The Express is a bloody awful newspaper" said the Duke.

        "Ah well," said Lord B as they trotted him off to the Tower, "At least he reads it or he wouldn't know it was a bloody awful newspaper."

    3. sabroni Silver badge

      Re: From the site that loves to hate on Apple

      Aww, were the nasty journalists rude about your favourite global corporation? What a bunch of bastards....

      1. Louis Schreurs BEng
        Devil

        Re: From the site that loves to hate on Apple

        Rudeness unit from El Reg;

        Rudeness estimated: 11.5 Sheeple

    4. jake Silver badge

      Re: More Apple ClickBait

      ElReg hacks use Macs? The few I have corresponded with use Linux ...

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: More Apple ClickBait

      You know they all got them as freebies right? Nobody in the press ever pays for Apple products, they get them in exchange for writing nice things about Apple products. Apple users fund this bribery of course, it's why Apple products have a 30% premium tax ontop, despite being less than premium devices....

      1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

        Re: Anonymous

        "You know they all got them as freebies right?"

        Any Apple gear we use, we paid for it. Apple has never given us any gear, not in the six years I've been here. We use a mix of Windows, macOS and Linux on the desktop, Linux on the backend, and iOS and Android handhelds (and until recently, Windows Phone).

        C.

        1. Martin Summers Silver badge

          Re: Anonymous

          "(and until recently, Windows Phone)"

          What?!! Rat them out, go on! :-)

    6. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: More Apple ClickBait

      Well the sheeple rise to the bait with surprising consistency. Its almost not worth fishing as a sport anymore,

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  4. Nuno trancoso

    The Apple sheeple taking offense are so amusing. Wonder if they realize that their but hurt retorts are precisely what marks them as sheeple, fanbois and zealots all rolled into a unsightly package...

  5. 45RPM Silver badge

    @Nuno trancoso

    I think that wisdom, and tolerance, come with age (mind you, I would think that). When I was young, I couldn't understand why anyone would support anything other than 'my team'. I'd be riled, indignant, huffy and argumentative with anyone who didn't see matters my way. I'd be bloody rude too.

    When I got older, and more mature, I realised that just because something works well for me it might not work well for everyone. I learned to appreciate other people's point of view. iOS, for example, works very well for me, Windows Phone (RIP) looked nice, and Android isn't really my thing (which is to say it looks really nice, and I understand why people like it, but it doesn't work for me).

    So yes, there are Apple 'sheeple' whose feelings are hurt when you criticise their preferred platform. But why would you want to hurt their feelings? Insecurity? A niggling fear that they might be right and you wrong? Or the cruelty and immaturity of not being able to live and let live. Similarly, there are people whose feelings are hurt when Linux, Android or Windows are criticised - sheeple for a different brand. It's worth bearing in mind - and then using the knowledge to treat them a little more gently, if nothing more but for fear of wearing your own insecurities on your sleeve.

    I still get riled by some things of course (people who criticise the platform they see as their 'enemy' without giving it a good shake down first, people who buy something for reasons of fashion rather than anything else, Donald Trump), but I usually manage to keep mum and my opinion to myself.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Good points and here in the States, the motor-heads have the same "I'm offended" outlook if someone bad mouths their car brand. I'm thinking it is insecurity and youth in almost every case. Oh.. physical age doesn't enter in to this equation either.

      Footnote... politics draws them out of the walls also...

      1. Solmyr ibn Wali Barad

        "I'm thinking it is insecurity and youth in almost every case."

        Could also be a form of tribalism caused by a inner need to belong somewhere. Although that's closely related to insecurity.

        Or a pseudo-religious zeal, in other words an application of religious feelings towards some mundane object/person/group/whatever. This one is pretty dangerous, because it invariably takes criticism as an attack towards the holiness of...whatever it was that you supposedly treaded on. There can be only one kind of response to that wretched infidel. Only the righteous wrath shall do. And no holds shall be barred in the holy war.

    2. Louis Schreurs BEng

      I like to think that if you don't get offended by aforementioned, you don't belong to the sheeple.

      i.e. only sheeple get offended

  6. Anonymous C0ward

    I am a sheeple too now

    Just bought an iPhone on eBay.

    1. Voyna i Mor Silver badge

      Re: I am a sheeple too now - Just bought an iPhone on eBay.

      Just do check the approvals on the power adaptor.

  7. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge
    Joke

    Sheeple in the UK

    Is it 52%, 48%, or simply 100%?

    1. Pompous Git Silver badge
      Happy

      Re: Sheeple in the UK

      "Is it 52%, 48%, or simply 100%?"
      Does anybody give a flock?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    No.

    We are officially right.

    1. jake Silver badge

      Re: No.

      Who is "we", Kemosabe?

      Hint: TINW

  9. Ian Joyner

    Fanbois and Sheeple

    Fanbois and sheeple are two words I despise. Those who use them usually have an arrogant sense of superiority who they see as feeble minded sheeple.

    Here the Register uses both words, and constantly whenever Apple is mentioned use fanboi.

    Time somebody at Register grew up and stuck to holding technology companies to account without insulting those who have to buy technology to participate in the modern world.

  10. Big_Boomer

    Apple as a company operates on a lock in basis. BMW operate in a similar way and so do Samsung. Simply put they make it easy for you to stay with their products, but difficult to move to another manufacturers product. Now this makes good sense as a business strategy, but for the customers who bought into them it means that they will carry on paying over the odds for something that many others are getting much cheaper. It's the same kind of thing as with your Insurance renewal. They almost always hike the price as it is perceived by many as easier to just renew even if it costs £100 more. Those on the inside of a lock-in feel smug as they feel (and are often told) that they have a superior product. Those on the outside see that those inside are paying more for pretty much the same thing as anyone else and therefore see them as sheeple.

    If you buy locked in products, renew your insurance without shopping around, and vote for what the press tell you to vote for, YOU ARE Sheeple! Baaaaaaaaaaaaa

    1. Ian Joyner

      All computing locks you into a platform.

      1. jake Silver badge

        @Ian Joyner

        Uh ... No.

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