What is a "plebe" ?

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  1. Maestro

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    Greetings ladies and gentlemen.

    I bought a game recently, it was the only one missing from my Wing Commander saga. In it, your character gets treated multiple times of "plebe" throughout the game.

    From what I can guess, it could be Navy slang to designate a rookie pilot as well as somebody who isn't very smart... It's rather unclear. Anybody know what "plebe" means ? I've Googled it and what I found was refering "pleb" (note the missing "e") to the population of the Roman Empire. I don't really see the link with a fighter pilot.

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    the only time i've ever heard the word "plebe" is a freshman at one of the u.s. military academy's
     
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    Gentlemen, this is why God gave us dictionaries- (sl)plebeian, a person of lower class[abbr.]
     
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    We invented dictionaries.

    He gave us the capacity. :lol:
     
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    That's the only time I've ever heard of it. Rookies are sometimes called nuggets.
     
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    Thanks for the replies... I did look in my English-French dictionary to get a synonyme, but like all good English-French dictionary, it is incomplete.

    But now I know what "plebe" means, thanks.
     
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    Over here its basically a knob or pea brain
     
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    And what aircraft would you train a Plebe in?

    Why the Temco Model 33 PLEBE trainer of course! (Of 1953)
    [​IMG]
    Shot at 2007-06-27
     
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