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Mark #255

more pedantry

Interestingly, the full OED entry (possibly £) for decimate has the, er, "colloquial" usage as sense 4b

"4. transf.

b. rhetorically or loosely. To destroy or remove a large proportion of; to subject to severe loss, slaughter, or mortality."

Which just goes to show that, even though English dictionaries are descriptive, not prescriptive of current usage (there is no Académie Anglaise), there aren't an awful lot of dictionary compilers gritting their teeth and muttering "that is WRONG!"

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