Evidence for DECIMATE ('one in ten')

LanDi Liu strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 10 05:32:50 UTC 2008

16,900 google hits for "completely decimated".  Some of them are describing
the *bad usage* of meaning "completely destroy", but it looks like most of
them are just nice examples of the current "destroy" meaning.

Randy Alexander
Jilin City, China

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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