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  • RT @FakeAPStylebook Avoid using "decimate" as someone will pipe up about it meaning "remove 1/10th of," and those people are dicks. #

hehe

Date: 2009-11-25 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darklordmoeser.livejournal.com
I know you hate videos, but still...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UQtLzWZ6D8
And yes, he was a dick.

Date: 2009-11-25 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lz4005.livejournal.com
I did not know that.
I will now be that dick.

Date: 2009-11-25 01:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stringmonkey.livejournal.com
I've been that dick for years. I just usually don't say it out loud.
From: [identity profile] margaretc.livejournal.com
I always thought it was - reduce to pieces 1/10th the size of the original.
From: [identity profile] lady-guenievre.livejournal.com
Nah, it's a Roman Army thing - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimation_%28Roman_army%29 - which honestly I wouldn't know given NC public schools if it hadn't been for Matt's Roman geekery...

Date: 2009-11-25 02:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valr.livejournal.com
I'm reminded of a Battle Planning meeting I heard of some years ago. A long, complicated and detailed "cunning plan" was being described. The whole production ended with the phrase "And then we'll sweep in from the rear and decimate them!"

To which a commander from an allied army responded, "Great plan. What do we do with the other 90%?"

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