Is there a difference between “apt-get purge” vs. “apt-get remove –purge” ?

I was wondering this myself, as the two seemed to do the same thing. Google helpfully turned up a thread from ubuntu-users (Jan. ’09).

This post sums it up well (and accurately, I believe):

>Derek B. writes:
>>Tommy T. wrote:
>>> On Fri, Jan 23 […] Pierre F. wrote:

>>> hi,
>>> Is there any subtle difference between the 2 syntaxes?
>>> (I couldn’t find the answer in any documentation)

>> Don’t they do different things?