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Thursday, December 19, 2013

A US Copy Editor's Perspective: Trooper or Trouper?

The answer to the trooper or trouper question depends on the usage. A state trooper is a law enforcement official. A troop can relate to Girl Scouts or the army.

But if you mean, "he's been a real trouper to hang in there with all the changes going on," then trouper is the correct choice, per Web11. It even gives an example of this usage in this sense.

"If your vocation isn’t a vacation, then quit, leap, change careers."

Denise Barker, Author, Blogger, Copy Editor
Books that Build Character(s)

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you give someone a book, you don’t give him just paper, ink, and glue.  You give him the possibility of a whole new life. Christopher Morley
The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life. Dan Zadra

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