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To: bannie
culling eliminates 1/3 of a population. That seems to be the amount by which every successful plague decimates a civilization.

Culling by a third is much more serious trimming than a mere decimation would be.Decimation is specifically the destruction of a tenth, that is one of ten equal parts, The Reds in the Russian Civil War actually decimated army units that failed to achieve an objective or retreated. They lined up the unit and shot every tenth man. Decimation is from the Greek word for ten-tenth.

23 posted on 12/27/2005 5:30:44 AM PST by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: ThanhPhero

Thank you: I had no idea! If you look at the word, "decimation," however, it speaks for itself. I was just so used to the word that I failed to SEE it!

I love it when I learn good stuff like that!!! Thanks, again!


34 posted on 12/27/2005 12:21:15 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: ThanhPhero

I wonder what you'd call it when 1/3 is extinguished? Tertiated?


36 posted on 12/27/2005 12:24:20 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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