An American expression, referring to the common people. This folksy usage is sometimes considered patronizing, but it's used to describe an element of the society as distinct from the collegiate privileged part of the society. It's intended to operate as an egalitarian term, but critics consider it to be an 'Us' distinguishing from a 'Them', and to be more of a propagandist rhetorical expression than meaningful. The intent is seen as to establish the propagandist as reflecting a majority view as a spokesperson.
Examples of Plain Folks:
|The plain folks of this country are fed up.|
We're just plain folks hereabouts.