Contemporary example of DECIMATE

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Wed Jan 9 19:55:36 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jan 09, 2008 at 12:57:26PM -0500, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> 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.

I said that I'm guided by the evidence. There's been good
evidence posted here, which I value, and want to record.

Jesse Sheidlower

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