February 21, 2015
The warnings came after military chiefs said Britain "could not cope” if Russia attacked because our defence forces have been "decimated”.
Sir Michael Graydon, former head of the RAF, said: "I very much doubt whether the UK could sustain a shooting war against Russia. We are at half the capabilities we had previously.”
Have you been reading The Daily WTF forums?
Posted by: RickC at Sat Feb 21 19:18:10 2015 (0a7VZ)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Feb 21 21:22:17 2015 (ohzj1)
"Decimate" is one of those terms whose meaning has drifted in practical use. Originally it was a punishment used by the Romans for military units which didn't perform well in battle. The men would be lined up, and every tenth man would be taken out and executed. So it meant that one tenth of the unit was gone.
Now, though, in common usage it means "reduced to one tenth the previous size" or in other words "subjected to 90% reduction".
I guess all you can do is agree with Humpty Dumpty: words mean what we use them to mean.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Feb 21 22:27:11 2015 (+rSRq)
Posted by: RickC at Sat Feb 21 23:56:24 2015 (0a7VZ)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sun Feb 22 00:11:31 2015 (2yngH)
Anyway, for those of you who came late NOTHING HAS CHANGED WHATSOEVER. That is my story. And I am sticking to it.
I'm gonna just have to change the blog's name to P.E.B.K.A.C.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Feb 22 00:27:00 2015 (ohzj1)
Posted by: Rick C at Sun Feb 22 05:42:29 2015 (7FLlo)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Sun Feb 22 13:21:42 2015 (RqRa5)
That GIF file is driving me nuts because I can't remember the show it's from. I remember when it ran a few years ago, but I didn't watch it. It's about a group of women who entertain their audience by telling stories, right?
What's the show's name, please?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wed Feb 25 22:43:55 2015 (+rSRq)
Posted by: Don at Thu Feb 26 00:26:03 2015 (Rr4UF)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thu Feb 26 01:22:45 2015 (+rSRq)
Posted by: Siergen at Thu Feb 26 11:50:02 2015 (ohSuC)
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