New York Barn Burns Decades after Blaze Hit Same Spot

May 26, 2009

  • May 26, 2009 at 12:52 pm
    Nit Picker says:
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    Decimate means to destroy ten percent (10%)

  • May 26, 2009 at 1:06 am
    Safety Guy says:
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    Nit Picker: You are partly right; see below from Dictionary.com:

    decimate:
    1. to destroy a great number or proportion of: The population was decimated by a plague.
    2. to select by lot and kill every tenth person of.
    3. Obsolete. to take a tenth of or from.

    The use is ok.

  • May 26, 2009 at 1:39 am
    Nit Picker says:
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    Online references offer a variety of definitions. None of the available resources support total destruction as a meaning of decimate.

  • May 26, 2009 at 2:28 am
    riverrat says:
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    How bout, “the fire totally —— it up” Anything you place in there will work.

  • May 27, 2009 at 9:14 am
    Safety Guy says:
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    Nit Picker: Now you ARE nit-picking, hence your self-appointed name. By the way, here is your definition:

    nit-picking

    • noun; informal; fussy or pedantic fault-finding.

  • May 27, 2009 at 9:58 am
    Nit Picker says:
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    Hence is similar to “therefore” implying some precedent to be the logical conclusion of that following. However, it should be noted that my use of the pseudonym “Nit Picker” did not follow, or result from, but in fact did precede my nit picking. Hence is, therefore, mis-used. FURTHER: casting nit-picking as a NOUN is, plainly said, incorrect. Nit-picking is a GERUND,id est a VERB form USED as a noun, not actually a NOUN.

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  • May 27, 2009 at 11:06 am
    Carl m Stapp Jr says:
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    A nit picker was originally someone who picked lice eggs (nits) fron the scalp of another. Thus, if a nit picker decimated the nits on the scalp of a person, he would have picked only 10% of the nits.

  • May 27, 2009 at 11:17 am
    riverRat says:
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    HENCE, if the nit-picker picked MORE than 10% of the nits he would have been successful in ——- up the colony of nits which would have in effect solved the problem of not having to decimate the colony.

  • May 27, 2009 at 11:30 am
    Nit Picker says:
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    Re Re Re Re Re Re sounds like my old Dodge turning over before it cranks.
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    Did anyone note that when the three cows burned up in the barn the owners thought they were smelling a cookout?
    I think that olfactory impression will be a hard one to shake relative to future cookouts.



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