Friday, May 2nd, 2014


decimate: dec·i·mate – 1. to destroy a great number or proportion of. 2. to select by lot and kill every tenth person of.

Meaning one there ought to say that the meaning is only used by those people who can’t spell devestate obliterate or anihilate as that is what those words means and one of those two is probably the word that they actually intended to use.

There is no word other than decimate to mean the destruction of one in ten and deci actually means ten so the word ought to be reserved for that use since there are three obvious words with that alternative meaning that can be used instead.

In fact the second meaning is wrong too as it now means the destruction of one tenth of anything and not necessarily of men chosen by lot.

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