Question by  harS (19)

Where did the term "layman's terms" come from?

What is a "layman"?


Answer by  nuttree (1596)

A "layman" is someone who is not a member of a given profession or an expert in some field of knowledge. The term originates from the distinction between "clergy" and "laity," where laymen are not ordained as priests or ministers. So an explanation in "laymans terms" describes something without using special terms only a professional would understand.


Answer by  Tk74 (37)

"Layman" is an old term to denote someone who isn't a member of the clergy, derived from the Greek laikos "of the people". From there, the term grew to apply to someone who didn't have specialist knowledge in any given field, rather than just religion.


Answer by  ello551 (0)

Hey you wanna know what it is well here... laymen is a person not in a special job or what not so the term laymen's terms tells something using basically " slang " of the actual word. :)

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