Persons, People, Schmeeple

Persons, People, Schmeeple[1]

What’s the difference between the words “persons” and “people” and the concepts they represent?

Ii’s an interesting question semantically, linguistically, philosophically and conceptually.  I think I know the answer but I’m not sure.

“People” is always conceptually plural unless it’s a compound noun.  “Persons” is the plural form of “person”.  “People”, like “persons”, is also made up of a group of persons but perhaps “people” can include a totality not available to “persons”, as in “We the People”, or the people (preceded by a definite article).  It’s almost as though the concept of “persons” was a component of “people”.

“Persons” somehow evokes an individualistic separation within the component group not as obvious, if it exists at all, within the pluralistic concept of “people”.

At least that’s how I see it, — although, just now, — I have to admit that I’m a bit confused and very likely, have little if any idea as to what I’m writing about.


[1] © Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2010; all rights reserved

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