1 year ago
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I know someone very well who was recently promoted to "Principal Engineer" in his day job. For reasons I cannot clearly understand, the company in which he works repeatedly confounds "Principal" and "Principle". yes, they are nearly homonyms, and one would hope that a Principal would indeed be principled, both primarily and principally in principle. But the proclivity of professional malapropism betwixt this pair of pragmatically appropriate paroles perplexes me. Even the emailed announcement of the promotion was titled "Principle Engineer"... so this person I know has to keep correcting the subject line when colleagues write to congratulate him, and rib him for being publicly outed as being "principled".