Evidence for DECIMATE ('one in ten')

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Thu Jan 10 22:49:16 UTC 2008

>I get what you're saying, and you're more or less right (though my
>negative concord-using self would say that the prigs have only carried
>the day for a very narrow subset of uses of the language), but even for
>the examples that you give, there's got to be a lot of nuance involved
>in making the claim you make.

Admittedly. I was using a fairly broad brush on that, since it wasn't
the central point.

James Harbeck.

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