OT Evidence for DECIMATE ( 'one in ten')

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed Jan 9 01:00:01 UTC 2008

Joel S. Berson wrote:
> At 1/8/2008 11:52 AM, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>> 1884: <<when last they were quartered here they were twice-decimated
>> by cholera, and left a fifth of their regiment in the cemetery here.>>
> Just a slight quarrel here -- the writer of this needs a re-education
> in arithmetic.  Successive decimations leave 19 % in the cemetery.
> Joel
19% sounds like a fifth to me. I don't think the figures are that
accurate to begin with, and this is prose, anyway, not a math paper. BB

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