Some thoughts on the usage of the wor...

Some thoughts on the usage of the word 'troops'

There are 6 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Nov 27, 2008, titled Some thoughts on the usage of the word 'troops'. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Comments on Topix forums : Very recently there was a large headline, '2 troops killed in Iraq.' I brought out Webster's Unabridged Dictionary so that 'troops' might be explained to your writers and your ...

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Since: Dec 06

Auburn, AL

#1 Nov 28, 2008
You are grammatically correct and thank you for pointed out this error.
Now get your reference books out and try and figure a way out of our economic mess. People are out of work, not having food to eat nor medicine to take and I'm sure they don't give a damn if it's "Troops" or "Trooper".
CJOHNNY

Hickory, NC

#2 Nov 28, 2008
I guess I could correctly say that you don't have much to do either.

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Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#3 Nov 28, 2008
You may be grammatically correct but you are also showing your age. The english language is a fluid and ever evolving form of speech. Hence the Websters new editions annually with added words or new definitions. You didn't think Websters wanted you to buy their book once and be current forever? Though incorrect, the term troop or troops to mean an individual, though confusing, has become standard.

I don't disagree with you but like many words that have been added to our lexicon we will have to adapt.

Since: Oct 08

Sherrills Ford, NC

#4 Nov 28, 2008
yona wrote:
You may be grammatically correct but you are also showing your age. The english language is a fluid and ever evolving form of speech. Hence the Websters new editions annually with added words or new definitions. You didn't think Websters wanted you to buy their book once and be current forever? Though incorrect, the term troop or troops to mean an individual, though confusing, has become standard.
I don't disagree with you but like many words that have been added to our lexicon we will have to adapt.
Your profile states that people will want to read your posts because, "I put a lot of thought into what I write". You truly do and you seem like an individual with a wealth of knowledge and common sense to go with it! While I don't always agree with you, I appreciate your posts.
OUTSPOKEN

United States

#5 Nov 28, 2008
I suppose that the news media has a problem getting their message out so that it is easily understood.
I prefer a much more definitive terminology, ie, soldiers described as Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, or other branches such as the National Health Service.
Within each component there are officers and men/women.
To me "troops" is a very vague term.
Some day our lack of formality will jump up and bites us some day.

Since: May 07

Asheville, NC

#6 Nov 28, 2008
OUTSPOKEN wrote:
I suppose that the news media has a problem getting their message out so that it is easily understood.
I prefer a much more definitive terminology, ie, soldiers described as Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, or other branches such as the National Health Service.
Within each component there are officers and men/women.
To me "troops" is a very vague term.
Some day our lack of formality will jump up and bites us some day.
I agree with that. To me and other veterans, the words "troops" and "soldier" means Army. Not everyone chooses to serve in the Army as there are 4 other branches of military. People IMO need to use the world "military" or specify which branch of military they mean when talking about them.

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