Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Thu Sep 17 20:38:47 UTC 2009

It's certainly a parallel construction, but it's much more of an error as a "brigadier" is the *commander* of a brigade, especially in the British army. The Light Brigade had one brigadier, not 607: Major General the 7th Earl of Cardigan.

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Mark Mandel
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Subject: Re: brigadier

Parallel to "trooper" 'member of a troop'?

m a m

On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 9:39 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>
> "Member of a brigade":
>  _2003_ Mark Bergin *Warfare in the 16th-19th Centuries*  (Brighton:
> Salariya) 35: Out of the 607 brigadiers who rode out in the Charge of the
> Light Brigade, only 198 returned.
> It's for kids but so what.
> JL

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