Why do people say "I need bodies" instead of "I need people"? I mean one isn't shorter than the other, why can't they just say I need people?


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Yo Kass answered

I think it's just a popular expression. Some expressions benefit the speaker by shortening a sentence, while others are designed to make a sentence more interesting by providing variation.

I think your example fits into the second group, along with many other popular phrases. They're not necessarily easier or quicker to pronounce.

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Kk polly answered

I've heard mainly guys use it when setting up for a festival, and they're trying to pick up something heavy. I think when people use bodies instead of people it means they need someone capable, and usually quite a few. It's another version of asking for a hand with something.

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