Admiral Marcus: Lay down your weapons or you will be decimated. You have thirty seconds to comply.

Admiral Marcus: Lay down your weapons or you will be decimated. You have thirty seconds to comply.

Sometimes knowing certain things makes life a little less enjoyable.  For instance, I learned last year that the word “decimate” doesn’t mean “to totally destroy.”  Decimate means “to destroy 10% of something.”  If you had ten hamburgers and you were given the order to decimate them, you would eat one of them.   This comes from the Roman practice where they would “decimate the prisoners” as a punishment.  This involved them killing a tenth of the prisoners to get the rest to fall in line.

This month I saw Star Trek: Into Darkness.  It was a great movie.  STID lived up to the first Star Trek movie (from 2009), and I was just as entertained.  But in one scene in the movie, one character gives the command to “decimate them.” He didn’t mean to leave 90% of them intact.  I just shook my head silently in the darkness of the theater.

The evolution of the English language continues apace.


About Steve Picray

I am a conservative Baptist Pastor in the midwestern United States. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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2 Responses to Decimation

  1. Mari says:

    HaHa! I love it! I feel your pain.

  2. emmag1959 says:

    It was worse than that! Admiral Markus said something along the lines of ‘our entire civilisation is being decimated’. Glad you enjoyed it despite this. I didn’t really. Far too much implausibility, silly plot. And misuse of the word ‘innate’ for good measure.

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