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    "general person"

    What do you call the people as opposed to celebrities?
    In Korea, we call them "general/ordinary person" and most of us belong to the group. There is a reality TV show where unmarried young people try to find their mate, and the people appearing on the show are ordinary people, not celebrities. So do you just call them "ordinary people" or by a special term?

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    Re: "general person"

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What do you call the people as opposed to celebrities?
    In Korea, we call them "general/ordinary person" and most of us belong to the group. There is a reality TV show where unmarried young people try to find their mate, and the people appearing on the show are ordinary people, not celebrities. So do you just call them "ordinary people" or by a special term?
    Since you are comparing celebrities to people who are not celebrities, I would use "non-celebrities". Many of those people are far from "ordinary" in their own fields.

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    Re: "general person"

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What do you call the people as opposed to celebrities?
    In Korea, we call them "general/ordinary person" and most of us belong to the group. There is a reality TV show where unmarried young people try to find their mate, and the people appearing on the show are ordinary people, not celebrities. So do you just call them "ordinary people" or by a special term?
    Is there much emphasis on their not being celebrities? They are probably not astronauts either. Should they be referred to as "non-astronauts"?
    I think "ordinary people" sounds as good as anything, and if any wise-guy (or gal) insists that they are not ordinary, move on to the next contestant.

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    Re: "general person"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Is there much emphasis on their not being celebrities? They are probably not astronauts either. Should they be referred to as "non-astronauts"?
    I think "ordinary people" sounds as good as anything, and if any wise-guy (or gal) insists that they are not ordinary, move on to the next contestant.
    Yes, if everybody who is not an astronaut is put into a category that is a contrast to astronauts, then non-astronauts would be perfect.

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    Re: "general person"

    The slightly old-fashioned (and I'm sure in some people's opinion, sexist) "the man on the street" refers to the general public.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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