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This week's theme: Words about war
spoliation (spo-lee-AY-shun) noun
1. The act of pillaging and plundering.
[From Middle English, from Latin spoliation- (stem of spoliatio), from spoliatus, past participle of spoliare (to spoil).]
It's one of the most misspelled words around (as spoilation), one out of every ten occurrences, according to Google. It's right there with "definitely" which is misspelled (as definately) at about the same frequency.
"For raids to have an effect, as the Allies quickly learned, they had to be
directed not against specific industrial installations but against entire
urban centers. The Allied attack on Hamburg in late July 1943 was typical
of the kind of spoliation that could be achieved. Half the city's
domiciles were destroyed, as were 60% of its water system, 75% of its
electricity generation and 90% of its gas works. Forty thousand Germans
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes. -Joseph Roux, priest and writer (1834-1886)