It’s the principle of the thing

It’s entirely possible that the writer for Yahoo! Style is correct:

principle instructor sty

I suppose Ms. Mitchell might actually be a principle instructor, teaching people about some unnamed rule or law. It’s possible. But it’s not correct. Ms. Mitchell is a principal (or primary or chief) instructor.

2 Responses to “It’s the principle of the thing”

  1. searchermike Says:

    Traditional wisdom seems to have left the principal behind. Or is it the principle? Perhaps that may prove impossible.

    I’ve been away a while. and it’s simultaneously entertaining and depressing to see that incompetence marches on.

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