Troop or Troupe? Trooper or Trouper?

When choosing between troop or troupe, it’s important to consider whether you’re writing about the military or entertainers. 

Troop or Troupe: They’re words that are pronounced the same way despite being spelled differently and have different meanings. That makes them homophones

Let’s look at the meanings of the four words.


The word is usually used in its plural formtroops, to refer to a group of military service members. It can also be used singularly, however, as a slang term meaning someone within your clique or in plural form to refer to your entire clique.

troop can also refer to a group of boy or girl scouts. And it can also refer to a collection of mammals or birds, but I don’t see that particular usage very often.


As a noun, the most common form for this word, it means a group of people — usually a group of performers in some type of show. 

As a verb, it can mean to travel in a group or to perform as a member of a group of performers.


In many states, members of the Highway Patrol or State Police are known as troopers

Sometimes, they’re called State Policemen or State Patrolmen instead. (Other times, such terms are interchangeable.)

It depends on your state.

Trooper can also be a short form of an Army Paratrooper.


Have you ever known anyone who rarely complained and just rolled with the punches, whatever they may be?

That person could be called a trouper.

You’re a trouper for visiting my weekly grammar posts! I appreciate your time as always!

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