Funny comic

rogersgeorge on November 20th, 2012

I have lots more “lessons” in the hopper, and I’ll start posting more frequently when I get time, but here’s a comic I ran into today that particularly struck my funny bone. I think I mentioned David Malki and this strip in the past, maybe more than once. I recommend it. The link below goes to his site.

Kidding! Of course it means 'a statement with a one in ten chance of being true.' OR DOES IT???

We have seen The Linguistics Major before.

Ahem. Not that a linguistics major is completely useless. My wedding ring is inscribed with a quote (in Greek, of course) from the Septuagint. Oh—in case you don’t know, Uralic and Altaic are two very old Indo-European languages. And I’ve been meaning to point out what “decimate” really means; well, what it used to mean. I think the meaning of that word is a battle we purists have lost.

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One Response to “Funny comic”

  1. Perhaps you could school me, but interpreting the word decimate to me would indicate a reduction to one tenth of what something was. To say that you reduced something by one tenth and not to one tenth, that wouldn’t be impressive or even worthy of note. Again, I read the blurb about the root of the word and it led me in this direction.

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