Friday, August 24, 2007

This is not political. This is grammatical.

"One person is not a troop." Thank you, William Saffire.

That individual soldiers are being referred to as "troops" has been secretly irking me for some time.

"...American presence of more than 160,000 troops in Iraq." New York Times
"...the addition of some 30,000 U.S. troops since February..." USA Today

Since finally vetting this, I'm relieved to know that my agitation is justified. (The scratched itch: what we all strive for in life. Am I right? Can I get a "Hells yeah!"?)

Troop, fighter, warrior, soldier...let's call the whole thing off.
Ok, that part was political.

This part, too:
An additional thank you to the Onion for its hard-hitting piece: "Bush Commits One Additional Troop To Afghanistan"

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