Simple Grammatical Rule

It is Monday-Not-So-Funday, I had a great weekend, hope you did as well! I’m tired. Also… a bit irritated. I’m reading emails, trying to catch up with a co-chaired project with parents and educators.

Simple Grammatical Rule:

  • principle: from Latin principium ‘source, foundation’
  • principal:  from Latin principalis ‘first, chief’
If you did not take Latin in college, here’s a more contemporary way to consider. Taken from the good ‘ol Marion Webster.
  • USAGE: Is it principal or principle ?
Principal means 'most important' or 'person in charge':
My principal reason for coming tonight; the high school principal.
It also means 'a capital sum':
The principal would be repaid in five years. 

Principle means 'rule, basis for conduct':
Her principles kept her from stealing despite her poverty.

Not loving definition recognition? Here’s the easy peasy. And I love the easy peasy. Simple Grammatical Rule

  • principle = le = rule 
  • principal = pal =the buddy of the kids

Oh yeah…



One comment on “Simple Grammatical Rule

  1. “Aisle” and “isle” are two vastly different things too (came up during a presentation today from a proposed vendor).

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