killed to death

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Apr 21 13:27:34 UTC 2008

Raid kilt bugs dead in the (mid?) '60s too. When I think of the commercials, they're still in black and white!


David Bowie <db.list at PMPKN.NET> wrote:
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From: Thomas Paikeday

> "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.

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