Continuing to catch up on things, last week's poetry prompt was to play with words, specifically if possible in the form of an acrostic. I decided to write about my verbal pet peeve.
Decimate is not the same as devestate or obliterate or wiped out.
Easy mistake to make, but
Commentators on the news should know better.
It comes from Latin "Decimus"
Meaning to lose or harm 1 in 10 persons.
(Romans used to draw straws and punish 1 in 10 captives or solidiers)
And although I do not mind when the general public does it
The media says things and places are decimated all the time
Exciting and annoying me unneccesarily.