Contemporary example of DECIMATE

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Jan 9 17:57:26 UTC 2008

At 1/9/2008 10:04 AM, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:
>Do you have a page (and chapter) number for that?

Are you weakening?  :-)  Also, it seems to me that some of Doug's
19th century finds are convincing for OED2 sense 4.a., in particular
the 25 persons out of 240, the 11%, and the twice decimations
amounting to one-fifth.


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