Noncollective "troops" once again

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Wed Nov 11 18:11:31 UTC 2009

Apologies for double posting; this is a correction of the previous message, which had the wrong link for Arnold's LL post.

In April 2003, there was a thread on 'troop' as a noncollective noun, beginning at

In Nov. 2006, another thread on noncollective 'troop' came up here, beginning at

In Dec. 2006, Arnold blogged on the subject at Language Log:

Now, for those who just can't get enough on the subject, is my Veteran's Day column at Visual Thesaurus: 

...and a followup at Literal-Minded, where I put the stuff that didn't make it in to the column:


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