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    Exclamation 100's of millions will die a horrible death due to Chinese virus

    SARS-CoV-2 - Finally something from China that still works as designed.

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    It's called 'get Brexit done'.
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    Will someone teach those Americanists English, please. Decimate means 'remove every tenth individual, or reduce by a tenth'.
    And while we're being pedantic, a 'rabbit' is something a lady uses when she doesn't have a man, or she does have a man but he's not up to the job. God help female-kind if that ever gets hit by a virus...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
    Will someone teach those Americanists English, please. Decimate means 'remove every tenth individual, or reduce by a tenth'.
    And while we're being pedantic, a 'rabbit' is something a lady uses when she doesn't have a man, or she does have a man but he's not up to the job. God help female-kind if that ever gets hit by a virus...

    To be pedantic, you were stating the historical meaning of decimate. The contemporary meaning is:

    kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of.
    "the inhabitants of the country had been decimated."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Greg View Post
    To be pedantic, you were stating the historical meaning of decimate. The contemporary meaning is:

    kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of.
    "the inhabitants of the country had been decimated."
    The contemporary meaning is, not to put too fine a point on it, wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
    The contemporary meaning is, not to put too fine a point on it, wrong.
    No it isn't. You're just poorly educated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
    The contemporary meaning is, not to put too fine a point on it, wrong.
    The contemporary meaning is, not to put too fine a point, right, literally by definition. Word meanings change over time. It's usage now that matters.

    Nice used to mean silly.
    Silly used to mean worthy or blessed.
    Hussy used to mean housewife
    Egregious used to mean conspicuously good. Now it mean conspicuously bad.

    Famously, when Charles II saw Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral for the first time, he called it "awful, pompous, and artificial." Meaning roughly: Awesome, majestic, and ingenious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAllThere View Post
    The contemporary meaning is, not to put too fine a point, right, literally by definition. Word meanings change over time. It's usage now that matters.

    Nice used to mean silly.
    Silly used to mean worthy or blessed.
    Hussy used to mean housewife
    Egregious used to mean conspicuously good. Now it mean conspicuously bad.

    Famously, when Charles II saw Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral for the first time, he called it "awful, pompous, and artificial." Meaning roughly: Awesome, majestic, and ingenious.

    TL;DR - don't be a prat.
    As is:

    An Austrian army awfully arrayed
    Boldly by battery besieged Belgrade.

    I haven't heard that Charles II quotation. Thanks for sharing.

    Unfortunately Mordac is suffering from the etymological fallacy. He should consider that next time he drinks a spirit (and consider Genesis 1:2, NAT).
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotAllThere View Post
    The contemporary meaning is, not to put too fine a point, right, literally by definition. Word meanings change over time. It's usage now that matters.

    Nice used to mean silly.
    Silly used to mean worthy or blessed.
    Hussy used to mean housewife
    Egregious used to mean conspicuously good. Now it mean conspicuously bad.

    Famously, when Charles II saw Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral for the first time, he called it "awful, pompous, and artificial." Meaning roughly: Awesome, majestic, and ingenious.

    TL;DR - don't be a prat.
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