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  •  Worst of all (2+ / 0-)
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    Dbug, OleHippieChick

    Decimated used as synonymous to destroyed

    I've never seen it used correctly here and seldom anywhere. The word is probably undergoing a genuine meaning shift.

    We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

    by bmcphail on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 07:32:14 PM PST

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    •  Cartoon in "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves" (2+ / 0-)
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      A line of nine Roman soldiers stands over the body of a dead comrade. One of them says "Hey, this 'decimation' isn't as bad as I thought!".

    •  I agree (3+ / 0-)

      “Decimate” means to kill one tenth of the enemy troops. So ninety percent of them survive.

      “Preventive,” not “preventative.” And I hate the word “proactive.” You can act or you can react, you can’t proact. It’s a bullshit word invented in the 1990s, I think. Maybe the 1980s. And why do “flammable” and “inflammable” mean the same thing? Maybe people thought “inflammable” meant not capable of catching on fire.

      “Beg the question” is almost never used correctly. It doesn’t mean you ask or raise a question. It’s a debating fallacy also called “petitio principii” where you assume something is true then you say it’s true because earlier you assumed it. You beggar the question.

      “Affect” and “effect” are unusual because “affect” is usually a verb (but it can be a noun, in the sense of a trait or idiosyncrasy (“idiosyncracy” isn’t a word) and “effect” is usually a noun (but can be a verb in the sense of to cause something to happen or to put it into practice).

      The words are “siege” and “seize” and “sieve” (the “except after C rule” has lots of exceptions)

      I could go on and on. Incidentally, you can never trust your word processor’s spellchecking software to suggest the correct spelling. I once saw a magazine refer to two football teams as “perineal” foes (the correct word is “perennial” (every year)). Medically, the “perineum” is that area between your peehole and your poophole. That one made me laugh.

      But the angle said to them, "Do not be Alfred. A sailor has been born to you"

      by Dbug on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 08:45:21 PM PST

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      •  doesnt nonflammable (0+ / 0-)

        Mean incapable of burning?

        I could be wrong though.

        The thing that drives me nuts is loose and lose.

        If you don't win, you lose. If something isn't tight, it's loose. They're not even remotely the same thing.

      •  Regime vs Regimen (4+ / 0-)
        For fear of being called the "librul" channel, MSNBC gives listeners their daily regime of right-wing spin every AM on "Morning Joe".
        No.  The Ming Dynasty was a "regime".  Taking fish oil every day is a "regimen".  This one gets me every time.

        Sadly, I've lost the war on this one.  Webster's gave in and now approves my example, above, as an example of proper usage.  Ugggg.

        All your Supremes are belong to us. For Great Justices!

        by thenekkidtruth on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 10:10:27 PM PST

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      •  I'm not a dummy (1+ / 0-)
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        but I'm still having a hard time with this one:

        “Beg the question” is almost never used correctly. It doesn’t mean you ask or raise a question. It’s a debating fallacy also called “petitio principii” where you assume something is true then you say it’s true because earlier you assumed it. You beggar the question.
        As for this mistake:
        I once saw a magazine refer to two football teams as “perineal” foes (the correct word is “perennial” (every year)).
        T'aint their fault the words are so much alike.

        Reaganomics noun pl: belief that unregulated capitalism can produce unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources and we the people can increase revenue by decreasing revenue.

        by FrY10cK on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 05:22:25 AM PST

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    •  Nobody mentioned (0+ / 0-)

      split infinitives yet?  Drives me up a wall.

      Splitting infinitives is to not be done.  ;)

      "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Candide08 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 06:24:26 AM PST

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