Is it wrong to use 'decimate' to mean 'destroy'?

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Featuring: Kory Stamper
Many people object to the use of decimate to mean destroy, pointing out that the word originally meant "to reduce by one-tenth." But this is incorrect: almost every word we use today has moved away from its root meaning. If you object to decimate, you should also make sure that literal is only used to mean “of, relating to, or expressed in letters," and that's literally ridiculous.

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