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I really wish someone would tell EVERYBODY in politics and reporting that "decimate" does not mean to completely destroy or obliterate something. It only means to destroy ten (10%) per cent of it. One tenth. Hence, "deci" mate. Aaaaaggghhh!


I took Latin for 4 years in HS so I hear what you are saying.

But the common usage of 'decimate' has become to kill / destroy a large percentage of ...

Kinda like clip / magazine. I know the difference but I understand the usage is largely interchangeable and I don't lose sleep over it. Wink

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Regardless
A person having no regards. The word has a suffix .less at the end which indicates without. So regardless is a person without regards.

irregardless
is not a word


That's my biggest one right there!!

Oh and along with people NOT putting the period inside the closed quote.

Incorrect: He earned the title "Nancy".

Correct: They all called him a "Nancy girl."







Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.


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Originally posted by murphman:
I really wish someone would tell EVERYBODY in politics and reporting that "decimate" does not mean to completely destroy or obliterate something. It only means to destroy ten (10%) per cent of it. One tenth. Hence, "deci" mate. Aaaaaggghhh!


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Definition of decimate
decimated; decimating
transitive verb
1
: to select by lot and kill every tenth man of decimate a regiment
2
: to exact a tax of 10 percent from
poor as a decimated Cavalier — John Dryden
3
a : to reduce drastically especially in number cholera decimated the population
Kamieniecki's return comes at a crucial time for a pitching staff that has been decimated by injuries. — Jason Diamos
b : to cause great destruction or harm to firebombs decimated the city an industry decimated by recession







Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.


Help, I'm having premonitions of future flashbacks.

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Some people listen to the noise of the world,
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Diffuse and defuse. You defuse a situation, i.e., prevent it from escalating and (figuratively) exploding.

While we're at it, "literally" is often misused.


 
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"Begs the question" does not mean "suggests the question."

It means that a statement assumes the thing to be shown to be true. "Chocolate is healthful because it's good for you."

God - this one drives me nuts. It's almost universally misused!

Bugs me too. The MSM is one of the worst offenders. Even fiction authors are bad.
 
 
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volumptuous rather than voluptuous.

As in, "I'm a BBW, you know, volumptuous"

curves are one thing, lumps are a whole different thing.


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frustrated = disappointed; thwarted; dissatisfied
flustrated = flustered; agitated
fusstrated = not a word!
 
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Example of how "literally" can be misused.



 
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Just to name a few...

principal/principle
aisle/isle
versus/verse
quite/quiet
 
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Border, boarder.


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titled/entitled

ensure/assure/insure
 
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capital/capitol
 
I have to rethink for myself to decide which one is correct for the situation.
 
 
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Penultimate is often thought to be somehow better than ultimate, but it just means next to last.


 
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whats the opposite of flammable? Wink

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whats the opposite of flammable? Wink

Nonflammable? Certainly not inflammable.
 
 
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Regardless
A person having no regards. The word has a suffix .less at the end which indicates without. So regardless is a person without regards.

irregardless
is not a word
While that was true in the past, "irregardless" is now considered a word, and has been accepted as such by both the Oxford English Dictionary and M-W.


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Nukular - not a word, but used by most Presidents and the Press to represent Nuclear, which, according to Pogo, is not so new and not so clear....



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Carrot or stick.

The original phrase was carrot on a stick i.e. an incentive.

carrot or stick has become it's own distinct idiom just like literally has become an informal adverb describing the opposite of what the original definition was.
Sorry, but "carrot or stick" can be correct.

It means to choose between two different forms of motivation, either reward or punishment. As in, motivating a donkey by offering it a carrot, or beating it with a stick.


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Well, whelp, and 'welp."

Well, and whelp are actual words, with very different meanings.

Well (in the context of comparison and misuse of 'welp') is an interjection, used to indicate resumption of discourse, or to introduce a remark. It is also used to express surprise, or expostulation. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well

Whelp, is a noun, meaning any of the young or carnivorous mammals, and especially of the dog. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whelp

Welp, is not a word. Anyone saying it, commonly in place of well as an interjection, sounds ignorant/stupid, and anyone actually typing it out, appears so ignorant/stupid I question how they have are capable of remembering to breathe. It actually is more difficult to type 'welp" than well, because it requires a transition, from the l to the p key, by the ring finger of the right hand, rather than simply doing a double strike of the l key, with the ring of the right hand.


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Jibe and jive. One's account of an event either does or does not jibe with what actually happened, not jive. Jive is what you called Barbara Billingsley over to translate.


 
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