I am irritated by (mostly) politicians and (also) media-types referring to "ordinary people". I don't mind being a regular, normal, ordinary chap, but when they wield it, the phrase comes with the patronising implication that they are somehow better than ordinary. And as we have seen for a long time and especially in recent years, many politicians in particular and journalists in general tend to range from 'ordinary' downwards.
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Tuesday, 7 April 2015
#21 Giles Dilnot on Daily Politics
Demonstrative reporter Giles Dilnot is touring the country for DP looking for "ordinary people who do extraordinary jobs". Today at the Aquarium in Plymouth.
The phrase was used 35 minutes in.