Tuesday, 23 September 2014

DECIMATED?

Gutted

The following was written by an American journalist, Thomas Wilson 
...the Mongolian invasion in 1241, where nearly half of the Hungarian population was decimated...

I just could not let this go unremarked. My reckoning from this account is that the Danube Basin lost five percent of its inhabitants from the Mongolian invasion of 1421 (surely the Mongol invasion), a difference by a factor of ten from what Mr Wilson perhaps intended to convey.

Perhaps I should not allow myself to get so irritated at careless use of the word 'decimated'. Even so, this gem ought to go in a text book.

Reference

Wilson, T. (2014) U.S., International community cannot ignore Hungary’s crumbling democracy, Independent Voter Network, 23 September
http://ivn.us/2014/09/23/u-s-international-community-ignore-hungarys-crumbling-democracy/?utm_source=ivn&utm_medium=listing&utm_campaign=opt-beta-v-1-1

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