Revised as of 12 October 2017
This was one of my word confusions. I was writing up a review and wanted to use troupe, but then I got to thinking (always dangerous!) and decided to make sure I was using the right word.
No. Not unless it was a battalion of entertainers. Oops. Good thing I checked.
It’s always possible that some troupes need troops to defend them from the audience, but I’ll hope that’s a rare occurrence.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Merriam-Webster: troupe|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive 2
A group of soldiers, especially a cavalry unit commanded by a captain, or an airborne unit
A group of people or animals of a particular kind
A group of dancers, actors, or other entertainers who tour to different venues
Any group of people working together on a shared activity
To perform as a member of a theatrical troupe
They sent UN peacekeeping troops to keep order.
[As a modifier] We have to organize troop withdrawals over the next few weeks.
My daughter is in a Girl Scout troop.
The dictator gathered up his mercenary troops and attacked the city.
The pope signed an agreement to withdraw his troops.
Tell the admiral the troop ships were driven ashore in the storm.
Some state police forces are referred to as troops.
Caroline trooped wearily home from work.
The men trooped wearily down the road.
There’s a troupe of dancers coming in on the next flight.
George! Our theater troupe is going on tour.
Margaret Frazer’s Joliffe the Player series is about a troupe of actors traveling the medieval English countryside.
The group will troupe through Europe in three months.
You’re going trouping again, aren’t you?
|History of the Word:|
|Mid-16th century from the French troupe, a back-formation from troupeau, which is a diminutive of the medieval Latin troppus meaning flock. It’s probably of Germanic origin.||1 First known use: 1776
Early 19th century from the French, literally troop.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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