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Posted by ESC on February 24, 2004

In Reply to: Trouper/trooper posted by Swalsh on February 24, 2004

: Can anyone clear up a little arguement I'm currently involved in?

: The phrase involved is " a trooper" OR
: " a trouper"

: Eg, swears like...., plays like...

: I'm pretty convinced that it's the latter which is correct, as in trouper on the stage, gritty, show must go on etc etc. Anyone shed any light?

: Cheers..

From the Associated Press Stylebook:

troop, troops, troupe -- A TROOP is a group of people or animals. TROOPS means several such groups, particularly groups of soldiers. Use TROUPE only for ensembles of actors, dancers, singers, etc.

I am going to guess that it's "swear like a trooper" (as in soldier) and "a real trouper" (as in an acting company, the show must go on. Now I am off to check Merriam-Webster.