Swamp Harrier

To: "John Layton" <>, <>, <>
Subject: Swamp Harrier
From: "Lashko Susan" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 09:54:35 +1100

And let’s save English lessons for some other venue!!! – rather than a BIRD chatline.




From: John Layton [
Sent: Friday, 18 November 2005 9:20 AM
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Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Swamp Harrier


Philip is basically correct, but in modern English usage "decimate" has come to be accepted as meaning "to destroy a great number or proportion of". The earlier meanings "to select by lot and kill every tenth man" and "to take a tenth of or from" have become pretty much secondary meanings.


John K. Layton