Principal vs Principle
Is the principal of the school called principal or principle? The two words are frustratingly similar, leaving even the most experienced English speakers guessing which word means what.
So today we’re going to discuss the different meanings of these easily interchangeable terms – and leave you with a little trick to help you differentiate between your representatives and your principles.
What is the main thing?
A headmaster is “the head or headmaster, especially of a school”. Chief can also be used as an adjective meaning “first or highest in rank, importance, or value,” as in The main goal of this article is to teach you the difference between the two words.
What is a principle?
A principle, on the other hand, is a “rule of conduct or conduct” or a “fundamental doctrine or principle.” Principle is often associated with and used as a synonym for morality, meaning “of, pertaining to, or concerned with, principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong.”
Are principal and principle related?
As you may have guessed, principal and principle are etymologically related.
Principal comes from the Latin pr?ncip?lis, a word meaning “first, chief”. Principle comes from pr?ncipium, meaning “beginning, origin, starting point, foundation.” Both terms can ultimately be traced back to the Latin word pr?mus, meaning “first and foremost,” thus the English prime number.
How can I remember the difference between principal and principle?
If you find yourself struggling to choose between a principal and a principle, consider the context. Use “chief” to refer to a person who is in charge or to describe the importance of something; use the principle to refer to a standard, rule, or guiding belief