A news story on CNN.com caught my eye today. The headline was: 5 troops die in one day. I thought to myself, boy that’s a lot of soldiers. 5 troops means five groups of soldiers, right? Well apparently not anymore. I guess some time in the past few years the word troop now magically means one single soldier. I momentarily doubted my memory of learning the meaning of this word back in the dark ages of my childhood. So I looked it up in the dictionary. Below is what I found.

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Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source
troop [troop] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation,
1. an assemblage of persons or things; company; band.
2. a great number or multitude: A whole troop of children swarmed through the museum.
3. Military. an armored cavalry or cavalry unit consisting of two or more platoons and a headquarters group.
4. troops, a body of soldiers, police, etc.: Mounted troops quelled the riot.
5. a unit of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts usually having a maximum of 32 members under the guidance of an adult leader.
6. a herd, flock, or swarm.
7. Archaic. a band or troupe of actors.
–verb (used without object)
8. to gather in a company; flock together.
9. to come, go, or pass in great numbers; throng.
10. to walk, as if in a march; go: to troop down to breakfast.
11. to walk, march, or pass in rank or order: The students trooped into the auditorium.
12. to associate or consort (usually fol. by with).
–verb (used with object)
13. British Military. to carry (the flag or colors) in a ceremonial way before troops.
14. Obsolete. to assemble or form into a troop or troops.
[Origin: 1535–45;