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Just watched BBC 2's show Balderdash and Piffle and it got me thinking, the show concerns the origins of words and trying to define (or in most cases redefine the first use of a particular word, examples from the so far 2 screened shows include "the Full-Monty" refereing to the inclusion of everything and "Ploughmans-Lunch" concerning a meal of bread, cheese, pickle and beer)

More out of curiosity than anythingelse I wondered what the first useage of "Meeple" was. Guess what? It's not even in the dictionary! ( here is the link for the OED if you want to check out for yourself: http://www.oed.com/bbcwords/ ) I mean come on its a word that most of anyone on the geek understands, it should be in the dictionary! Dobber is in there so why not Meeple?

As far as it seems (from the show) to get in the dictionary there has to be documentary evidence of the usage of the word, I am not sure if they would include internety documents as evidence though.

With enough support we (the geeks of the world) can get a word in the dictionary!

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The story I've heard is that "meeple" is an abbreviation of "my people", and was coined by Alison Hansel at a South Shore Gamers session soon after Carcassonne came out. The term was used in subsequent Unity Games session reports, and eventually found its way into our lexicon.

Thank you, Alison!

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has it been written down at all in official documents?
 
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Here is a Unity Games post from Dec. 2003 that may offer some documented usage:

Bob Scherer-Hoock wrote wrote:

As I understand it, the word "meeple", for "my people", the little
pawns in Carcassonne, was a creation of UG's own Alison Hansel.

So imagine my surprise when I downloaded the Carcassone PC Game Add-On
this week, cranked it up, and got to a point in a game with one of the
expansions that I had to choose whether to place a regular pawn or the
giant one. As I scan my cursor over the icons that indicate my
choices, I get pop-up windows noting that one icon is for placing a
"small meeple" and the other for placing a "large meeple".

And this in a PC game that was produced in Germany and coded by a
Russian development team.

I guess the word - meeple that is - is getting around.

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And here's a link to the Carcassonne session report in which Dave Bernazzani first mentioned the term "Meeple"

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/10053

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this is exactly the sortov thing we need to find! keep hunting people!

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