Principal vs. Principle

Despite having the two meanings hammered into us since grade school, many of us still have to stop and think which one we need:

PRINCIPAL means the head of an organization, such as a school.  We all know “the principal was our pal.”  (I knew one who wasn’t, but I digress.)  It means anyone who plays a main or leading role.

Principal also means the main amount of money.  You earn interest on the principal.

PRINCIPLE means a standard or rule:  we hope most people live by principles that will benefit not only themselves but others as well.


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One response to “Principal vs. Principle

  1. seagreenpress

    I laughed with recognition!



    Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 01:31:59 +0000 To:


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