Thursday, September 1, 2011

FLG Almost Lost His Shit

On Monday, FLG was listening to the radio on his way home when this phrase reached his ears:
Taylor guesses there's more than $200,000 worth of inventory damage and $100,000 worth of damage to the building. He says several businesses are completely decimated.

FLG began yelling at the radio like a madman and damn near crashed on the Key Bridge.

Last night, a feeling of serenity overcame him as he listened to the mailbag section:
Last word this week goes to the grammarians, and our use of the phrase "completely decimated" in a story Monday talking about the effects of Hurricane Irene on businesses in Vermont. Joe Kesselman of Arlington, Mass., was one of several to correct us. Decimated, he wrote, means literally to reduce by one-tenth. By definition, there is no such thing as "completely decimated."

Amen, Brother.

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