"They just got totally decimated! There was nothing left!"
To decimate is to reduce by one-tenth. Meaning 9 of 10 are still there.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know Dictionary.com now defines decimate as meaning "to destroy a large part," but the only reason why that's the case is because dictionary editors are throwing their arms in the air in surrender and realizing that they can't roll back the tide of people getting it fucking wrong for decades. Generally I'm not a presciptivist when it comes to grammar: I know that language evolves and that grammar often should evolve to fit the common usage. But come on, there's that latin root there: deci. It's a word whose meaning you might be able to suss out by its structure alone. Why must it be so perverted?
New tonight. News stations using present, active tense in every script. Proper grammar being ignored. Speaking in six word spurts. Annoying the hell out of me. Making late night news completely unwatchable. Leading me to write this post.
As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004 OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005 OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005 As of 11/14/05: 179 pounds "I've lost a cruiserweight"
Roman Moroni: "You fargin sneaky bastage. I'm gonna take your dwork, I'm gonna nail it to the wall. I'm gonna crush your boils in a meat grinder. I'm gonna cut off your arms. I'm gonna shove 'em up your icehole. Dirty son-a-ma-batches. My own club!"
...now THAT, my friends, is the worst abuse of the english language.
Originally posted by Stilton"Intelligent Design" as an occluded euphemism for creationism.
Umm? That's pretty ignorant. Intelligent Design is a modern version of the argument of design. Something that many deists of the Enlightenment believed in and they sure as hell weren't creationists.
I must say that the horrible use of pronouns in English (see my 'they' example earlier in the thread) is most prevalent.
For example, how many of you say. "That's him!" "Is that her?" "I am taller than him"
ALL WRONG. America stopped teaching its kids grammar some time ago and it really hurts when kids try to learn foreign languages.
The decimated example has always bothered me as well. I've rarely heard it used correctly(on the history channel when they used 'decimated' and then gave numbers). But I don't know how useful of a term it is. I mean, how often are things actually decimated??
Originally posted by ShotGunShepThe decimated example has always bothered me as well. I've rarely heard it used correctly(on the history channel when they used 'decimated' and then gave numbers). But I don't know how useful of a term it is. I mean, how often are things actually decimated??
Probably more than we think. Consider: if "decimated" were used properly and if people were familiar with its proper use, we'd probably hear it far more often. It might then seem more useful, and we may become more likely to notice reductions close to 10%. Even just close usages would be fine with me. When I think of the New England Patriots starters, I think of them as having been decimated by injuries. Then again, I don't know how many starters they've lost relative to the number of men on the roster.
'Me', 'him', 'her' and 'them' are direct object pronouns (the accusative case). They are not nominative like 'I', 'he', 'she', and 'they'. 'You' and 'it' work as both.
The nominative pronoun usually acts as the subject of a sentence. Example "HE reads."
Your accusative pronouns represent an object that is receiving an action. Example "Tom shot ME"
Now to my examples. When the verb 'to be' is used in a sentence, the pronoun affected is in the nominative case. It is called the predicate nominative. 'To be' essentially acts as an equal sign(if that makes sense). Examples "I am HE" "Is that SHE" The subject is 'equaled' to your pronoun.
"I am taller than him" is incorrect. It should read, "I am taller than he." You can check yourself by tagging on the verb after the pronoun. "I am taller than he IS"
Originally posted by ShotGunShepFor example, how many of you say. "That's him!" "Is that her?" "I am taller than him"
Um, excuse me for showing my ignorance, but how would I make similar statements that are grammatically correct?
I believe that the pronouns in those sentences are supposed to be subject pronouns rather than object pronouns. "That's he!" rather than "that's him!"
Personally, I would be more annoyed by people who went against the "convential" way of saying those phrases and instead said them "properly." It would sound way too pretentious. However, I can appreciate people who know the difference.
Originally posted by Matt TrackerThe complete ignorance of the definition "literally."
My wife does this ALL THE TIME.
Last week I nearly laughed her off the phone when she said, "I need to come home and organize all my shit --literally"
"Don't you think that's going to be messy?" I think I said. I wanted to ask if that was taking being anal retentive a little too far. She uses it in place of "seriously" or "really" -despite my attempts to correct her.
Bingo. Same here. I also vary the length of the honk. If it's someone who seems to be frantically looking for something on the seat next to them or the such, then a little honk is in line to get their attention.