Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

A Troop of One

Posted by Neal on April 27, 2004

This was the headline on the front page of the Columbus Dispatch today:

Blast kills 2 U.S. troops.

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2 Responses to “A Troop of One”

  1. […] quite a bit of attention. In April 2004, I myself blogged about a headline mentioning “two troops,” and a year later, Geoff Pullum wrote on Language Log about hearing “two troops” […]

  2. […] by Neal on November 11, 2009 Back in 2004, I blogged about noncollective troops — you know, 10,000 troops amounting to 10,000 people, not 10,000 groups […]

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