killed to death

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Mon Apr 21 13:13:14 UTC 2008

From:    Thomas Paikeday <lex.tmp at GMAIL.COM>

> "Killed  to death" seems to have a finality to it whereas "kill" as in "to
> kill an ad, ball, bill, desire, engine, to kill time" etc. do not. I first
> noticed it in a commercial about a bug killer (I forget the brand name) with
> the slogan "kills bugs dead."...

Raid, as i recall from way too much syndicated-show TV-watching as a kid
in the 70s and 80s.


David Bowie                               University of Central Florida
     Jeanne's Two Laws of Chocolate: If there is no chocolate in the
     house, there is too little; some must be purchased. If there is
     chocolate in the house, there is too much; it must be consumed.

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