Total is an interesting word….
You can have the total, meaning the sum of all things has a total.
You can have TOTAL recall…… because just being able to recall something is not enough.
You can have TOTAL annihilation….. because you cannot just annihilate something you have to totally do it… bit of an oxymoron.
As with TOTAL distruction….
the word total has been used to exaggerate some of the best describing words quite stupidly. I think we have the media the mostly thank for that…. it seems to sound better…… let’s try it…..
The car was destroyed