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The Trouper and the Roadblock

I was stumped recently while writing a letter thanking someone for their help. My roadblock: is it trooper or trouper. I wanted a word to describe the person's tenacity in sticking through an uncomfortable situation.

Well, here's the deal.

Trooper: a state police officer or a private soldier in a cavalry, armored, or airborne unit.

  • The state trooper pursued the car that flew by him with confetti spilling out of the back window.

Trouper: a reliable or uncomplaining person, or an actor or other entertainer, typically one with long experience.

  • Matilda called her little boy a trouper for not flinching when he got his vaccination.

The simplest rule can stump even the best of us sometimes. So, when in doubt, it is always worth taking the time to check it out.

 

As always, when in doubt, check it out! Contact the Editorial Help Desk for help (Donna_M_Marks Pleasant@mcpsmd.org) or call 240-740-2971.

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