Principal vs. Principle

Lexical Vexations

This lexical vexation is for Kevin – thanks for all the great Lexical Vexation suggestions, Kevin!

principal 1. n . a person responsible for the administration of a school. 2. adj. most important or influential.

principle 1. n. a rule or standard to which a person should be held.

Words in the Wild: Principal Lockheed considered it his duty to ensure the safety of his students. So, after the principal ballerina incorporated an illicit pyrotechnical display into the show, his principles dictated that he expel her from the school’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

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