Lashko Susan [
Sent: Friday, 18 November 2005 9:55
To: John Layton;
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Swamp
And let’s save
English lessons for some other venue!!! – rather than a BIRD chatline.
John Layton [
Sent: Friday, 18 November 2005
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Swamp
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.