Decimation

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.

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About Steve Picray

I have been many things, but right now I am a registered nurse attempting to pay off my debt so that, God willing, I can be a pastor again someday. I have a wife and three kids. I am a conservative Christian (of the Baptist variety). This blog is about me: the things that happen to me, the things that interest me, and the things that bother me. 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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