Lauren Krueger & Matthew David Brozik

Trooper or trouper?

In Definally on January 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

Bill S. of Stratford-upon-Avon asks, “Is someone a real trooper or a real trouper? And why?”

(Haven’t we done this one already? No? Really? Well, then, let’s do it now!)

First, what is each of those things, real or otherwise? A trooper is, generally, a private soldier in a cavalry, armored, or airborne unit. (Specifically, “trooper” tends to refer to a state police officer, at least in the United States of America. In your country, Bill S., it refers to a ship used to transport troops.) A “trouper,” as you no doubt already know, Bill, is an actor or other entertainer, typically one with long experience. (Your friend Richard B., for example.)

So is a reliable and uncomplaining person a real trooper or a real trouper? Certainly, we might expect it to be the former much likelier than the latter. Soldiers and police officers are tough. Actors are… well, let’s say they’re tough in their own way. Believe it or not, though, the person who deserves recognition for being stalwart and stoic is a real trouper.

And why? No idea. None.

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