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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FOLK

On most Sundays doth he preach here in the nave to all sorts of folk.

But see the church in the hollow, and the folk who cluster in the churchyard!

But it was much that the subdued English folk appeared there at all.

The Tiverton folk saluted them, always cordially, yet each after his kind.

Carlow folk held up their heads when journalism was mentioned.

Folk who have sung so sweetly together should not fight thereafter.

We are to treat of folk who are disagreeable, and not worse than disagreeable.

When he falls I shall return, and perhaps it may be sooner than folk think.'

The folk on her deck seem to me to be either fighting or dancing.

Now we can trot our beasts and not be smothered in other folk's dust.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English folc "common people, laity; men; people, nation, tribe; multitude; troop, army," from Proto-Germanic *folkom (cf. Old Frisian folk, Middle Dutch volc, German Volk "people"), from Proto-Germanic *fulka-, perhaps originally "host of warriors;" cf. Old Norse folk "people," also "army, detachment;" and Lithuanian pulkas "crowd," Old Church Slavonic pluku "division of an army," both believed to have been borrowed from Proto-Germanic. Old English folcstede could mean both "dwelling-place" and "battlefield."

Some have attempted to link the word to Greek plethos "multitude;" Latin plebs "people, mob," populus "people" or vulgus; OED and Klein discount this theory but it is accepted in Watkins. The plural form has been usual since 17c. Superseded in most senses by people. Old English folc was commonly used in forming compounds, such as folccwide "popular saying," folcgemot "town or district meeting;" folcwoh "deception of the public." Folk-etymology is attested from 1890.

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