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I know that English is a living language and the meanings of words are continually changing, but this sentence from a news item really caught my eye:

 

In March, a Tesla driver was killed while test-driving an auto-piloted Model X, the impact fully decimating half the car.
https://www.news.com...03e7606a222b9eb

 

The word decimate originally meant "to destroy 10% of something". For example, if an army suffered a 10% casualty rate then it was "decimated".

 

I know that most people today use "decimate" to mean 100% destroyed, but even so, what is this news item telling us when it says fully decimating half the car. It just doesn't add up  :)

 


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It is a weird language.


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It is a weird language.

 

And I think the reporter is a bit weird as well. I can go along with the idea of the car being "fully decimated", but how do you fully decimate "half a car"?


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I guess the other half wasn't attached.


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I guess the other half wasn't attached.

 

You could be right. It has happened before:

 

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There ya go.


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Modern cars are designed with crumple zones all around a steel cage for the human(s).  Maybe the front end of the Tesla crumpled right up to the cabin, and the reporter should have said "fully destroying half the car" or "fully destroying the front half of the car"?


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