Personal or Personnel?
Personal or Personnel?What is the difference between "personal" and "personnel"?
- "Personal" means "private" or "individual."
- "Personnel" means "staff" or "workforce."
More about "Personal" and "Personnel"The words "personal" and "personnel" sound fairly similar and both derive from the Latin word "personalis" (meaning "personal"). However, their meanings are quite different. (Of note, "personal" is stressed on the first syllable, and "personnel" is stressed on the last syllable.)
More about "Personal"The word "personal" is most commonly seen as an adjective. Generally, it will mean something like "private" or "individual." Here are some more nuanced meanings:
Affecting or belonging to a specific person (as opposed to someone else):
- That is my personal bag.
- Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions. (Author Cullen Hightower)
- It was his last personal appearance.
- My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. (British poet Edith Sitwell)
- He keeps his personal life to himself.
- I don't think I'm obliged to discuss my personal issues with you.
- Nothing endures but personal qualities. (Poet Walt Whitman)
- He's the reason why I think confidence is an overrated personal trait.
- The biggest issue is his personal hygiene.
More about "Personnel"The word "personnel" is most commonly seen as a noun. "Personnel" is similar in meaning to "staff" (i.e., it denotes the people employed in an organization, business, or service).
- The equipment is first rate, but we need more personnel.
- Clever personnel don't make good analysts. Trained analysts make good analysts.
- We have a personnel issue. (This means "We have an issue with our staff.")