Dave Hause dwhause at JOBE.NET
Tue Apr 15 03:18:09 UTC 2003

"Troop" or "trooper" tends to be cavalry slang for soldier, partially
adopted by the airborne for paratroopers.  Just to add confusion, "troop" is
also the cavalry term for what other branches would call a company, around
100-160 soldiers.
Dave Hause, dwhause at
Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
----- Original Message -----
From: "Arnold Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>

i was startled to hear, on NPR's Sunday Morning Edition yesterday, the
news that "seven troops" had been rescued in iraq.  "troops" is for me
(and, from a quick review of the big reference grammars, rather more
generally) formally plural but uncountable. (nobody can say "only one
troop was captured.")  so how had the writers fallen into this?

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