DECIMATE: to diminish a grouping by one tenth of its numbers

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SometimesĀ  words just pop into our heads too quickly and end up being a part of our conversation…even though they are the wrong word. Such is the case when someone says such things as: the tornado decimated the tiny Oklahoma town.” This is especially a mis-statement when an entire community is wiped off the face […]

SKUNKED TERM: a word or term that experiences confusing change in its meaning

When a word’s meaning changes dramatically to the point of being confusing, it is referred to as a skunked term. In Bryan Garner’s, Garner’s Modern American Usage, he points out “When a word undergoes a marked change from one use to another–a phase that might take ten years or a hundred–it’sĀ  likely to be the […]