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Yet Another Incorrect Use of the Word “Total”

Yesterday, I thought I had covered everything you had to know about total but didn’t ask because why would you ask? It’s not like I’m explaining some mystic secret of the universe or something too scary to ask about —

But I digress.

Today, using total or any of its forms is completely unnecessary when using the words demolish or destroy.

Why? Look at the definitions. Destroy means “to put out of existence.” Demolish means “to do away with.”

Notice the totality of those definitions. They refer to complete annihilation (definition: “to reduce to nothing”), so using total is redundant.

That’s right. You totally don’t need it.

Until next time! Use the right words!


July 3, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,


  1. This is such an interesting idea for a blog! Thanks for sharing!


    Comment by eat0005 | July 5, 2012 | Reply

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