troop vs troupe : Common Errors in English

About troop vs troupe

A group of performers is a troupe. Any other group of people, military or otherwise, is a troop. A police officer, member of a mounted military group or similar person is a trooper, but a gung-ho worker is a real trouper.Troops are normally groups, despite the current vogue among journalists of saying things like “two troops were wounded in the battle” when they mean “two soldiers.” “Two troops” would be two groups of soldiers, not two individuals. The popularity of this use of “troop” is encouraged by the fact that the various branches of the US military services insist that only members of the Army should be called “soldiers.” Marines, Air Force airmen, and Navy sailors all object to being called “soldiers” but there is no other tradtitional generic term for an unknown military person. When the branch of the service is known the writer would do better to refer to an individual by the appropriate branch label. “Troops” is more justifiable when referring to a mixed group—say, of Marines and Army personnel: “the President ordered 15,000 more troops into the region.”

troop Meaning(s)

  • (n) a group of soldiers
  • (n) a cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company
  • (n) a unit of Girl or Boy Scouts
  • (n) an orderly crowd
  • (v) march in a procession
  • (v) move or march as if in a crowd

troupe Meaning(s)

  • (n) organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical)

troop in News

  1. DEXTER: Troop 447 holds 43rd annual rummage sale

    DEXTER — Boy Scout Troop 447 will have their 43rd annual Huge Rummage Sale June 21-22. Doors open at 9 a.m. at the Creekside Intermediate School on Baker Road in Dexter. Fresh items come out onto the floor throughout the sale, which will be open until 9 p.m. June 21 and from 8 a.m. until noon June 22. Funds raised will help the troop with its many programs for community service, rank advancement ...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Dexter Leader

  2. Sudbury's Troop 60 celebrates new Eagle Scouts

    On June 9, Sudbury Boy Scout Troop 60 held a Court of Honor celebrating new Eagle Scouts  Michael LaScaleia, Nick Oliveira and Alex DiFelice.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Sudbury Town Crier

  3. Troop 4026's Hawaiian dream comes true

    After four years of dreaming, planning and hard work, Juneau Girl Scout Troop 4026 left for 10 days in Kauai. This troop is a member of Girl Scouts of Alaska.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Capital City Weekly

troupe in News

  1. Shakespeare Theatre dispute closer to court date

    The Tony Award-winning troupe is challenging a sharp increase in fees for use of its performance space
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Washington Post

  2. Naked 16th Street BART Acrobat Officially Fired From Acrobat Troupe

    Today we get word that Yeiner Perez has been officially terminated by the circus troupe that employed him, Berkeley-based ClownSnotBombs , for obvious reasons. [ more › ]
    on June 14, 2013 Source: SFist

  3. Troupe shows verve, versatility

    Troupe shows verve, versatility Times Union Copyright 2013 Times Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 1:30 pm, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 An associate professor of dance at Skidmore College and a former understudy for the Mark Morris Dance Company, Graciani has shown work before at ArtsFest, but this year marked the ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

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