Word of the day

The word for today is…

proletariat (noun) – 1. (a) The class of industrial wage earners who, possessing neither capital nor production means, must earn their living by selling their labour.
(b) The poorest class of working people.
2. The propertyless class of ancient Rome, constituting the lowest class of citizens.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Also proletariate, “the lowest class,” 1853, from French prolétariat, from Latin proletarius. In political economics, “indigent wage-earners,” from 1856. Leninist phrase dictatorship of the proletariat attested from 1918.


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Peter is a fourth-generation New Zealander, with his mother’s and father’s folks having arrived in New Zealand in the 1870s. He lives in Lower Hutt with his wife, three cats and assorted computers.

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