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I've seen it used in English to include someone of such low rank that someone can "pee on" them. I'm sure there are media references somewhere. See urban dictionary. Anomo 05:50, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Until I read this article I did think that it was "pee on" as in someone so low on the totem pole that they are "peed on".Ratsbew (talk) 20:01, 2 January 2009 (UTC)


In India the word peon is universally and exclusively used to refer to a janitor. Is this usage not prevalent anywhere else? Amit@Talk 09:29, 1 September 2007 (UTC)


Surely the Warcraft reference is not important enough for this article? Wjousts (talk) 18:49, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

I removed the Warcraft reference again. It is not relevant and it is unencyclopedic. Since the user who put it back didn't bother to try and justify their reasoning, I removed it again. Wjousts (talk) 12:40, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

Peonage as German Propaganda[edit]

You should note that peonage was not eliminated in the southern states until the late 1930s when FDR and his cabinet were fearful that Germany (Hitler) would make an issue of it in retaliation for US criticism of Hitler's anti-antisemitic and Aryan supremacy propaganda. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:49, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

  • No, *you* should edit the article yourself after you fully investigate it. When you modify the article make sure that you cite sources that meet Wikipedia's standards. —optikos (talk) 03:16, 18 February 2010 (UTC)


I tagged the article for inappropriate tone, in particular the "Peonage" section. Do not worry; I mean to address it myself, but have not the time nor the resources at the moment to do so. dci | TALK 03:48, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Agree, the language is heated and the sources are not cited sufficiently with pages. Time periods are mixed up, and different forms of peonage are conflated. There is substantial research on this, but the article is a jumble.Parkwells (talk) 13:54, 27 August 2012 (UTC)