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Why Do We Say Some People are Good People?

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Olivia from Denver, Colorado, is musing about her use of the term good people, as in She’s good people. This phrase is what linguists call an extragrammatical idiom, meaning the phrase makes sense even though it’s not grammatically correct. Other examples include She’s real people, She’s nice people, She’s great people, or simply She’s people. Something similar occurs in Spanish with a phrase like Juan es buena gente. This is part of a complete episode.

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