troop vs troupe :

troop or 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: “t

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  • 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
    a troop of children
  • v  march in a procession
  • v  move or march as if in a crowd
    They children trooped into the room

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

  • Irvine troop graduates six Eagle Scouts
    Six teenagers from an Irvine-based Boy Scouts of America troop achieved the top rank of Eagle Scout during a ceremony last weekend. The new designation marks the end of a seven-year journey through the national organization, during which time the...
    June 20, 2013 - Irvine World News
  • Front Porch: Girl Scout troop's garage sale Friday and Saturday in Marysville
    Remember the March story of Marysville Girl Scout Troop 42047, which had many items stolen that it had been collecting for a garage sale to help pay for a 2014 trip to Europe?
    June 20, 2013 - Everett Herald
  • 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 ...
    June 18, 2013 - The Dexter Leader

  • 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
    June 14, 2013 - Washington Post
  • 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 › ]
    June 13, 2013 - SFist
  • 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 ...
    June 12, 2013 - Albany Times Union