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Old 09-14-2012, 10:26 AM   #5341
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I literally laughed my head off over this one:
I think you mean "figuratively"...


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Old 09-14-2012, 03:49 PM   #5342
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I think you mean "figuratively"...
Ummm..... did you read the cartoon?

Or have I fallen for your dead-pan delivery?
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:47 PM   #5343
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Ummm..... did you read the cartoon?

Or have I fallen for your dead-pan delivery?
Bazinga!

Yes, I read the cartoon and was offering some dry humor in my continuation of the literally/figuratively debate. That's why the cartoon was posted along with.


Now if you want to get me riled up, start using decimated when you really mean devastated...

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Old 09-14-2012, 06:10 PM   #5344
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:12 PM   #5345
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:56 PM   #5346
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I don't get it.
Decimate means to reduce by one tenth. From a Roman punishment that involved executing one man in ten to punish mutinous or cowardly military units.

But people often use it as if it meant a much greater level of destruction.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:13 PM   #5347
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Decimate means to reduce by one tenth. From a Roman punishment that involved executing one man in ten to punish mutinous or cowardly military units.

But people often use it as if it meant a much greater level of destruction.
Maybe we need a new thread on favourite misused words / phrases
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:18 PM   #5348
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Decimate means to reduce by one tenth. From a Roman punishment that involved executing one man in ten to punish mutinous or cowardly military units.

But people often use it as if it meant a much greater level of destruction.
Does it ever mean reduce TO one tenth? That was my gut interpretation. (Without looking it up)
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:55 PM   #5349
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Does it ever mean reduce TO one tenth? That was my gut interpretation. (Without looking it up)
: to select by lot and kill every tenth man of

: to exact a tax of 10 percent from <poor as a decimated Cavalier — John Dryden>

a : to reduce drastically especially in number <cholera decimated the population>
b : to cause great destruction or harm to <firebombs decimated the city> <an industry decimated by recession>
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:38 AM   #5350
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http://oxforddictionaries.com/defini...glish/decimate

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Historically, the meaning of the word decimate is ‘kill one in every ten of (a group of people)’.
This sense has been more or less totally superseded by the later, more general sense ‘kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of’, as in the virus has decimated the population.
Some traditionalists argue that this is incorrect, but it is clear that it is now part of standard English.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:47 AM   #5351
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:54 AM   #5352
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:07 AM   #5353
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