"…razed to the ground…"
Seriously. (invisibly and silently tears hair) Are you living in a place that has a gravitational field sufficient to hold you down? Yes?
Then why is it surprising to anyone that when you raze a building, or something similar, it falls down on the ground? There is nowhere else for it to go. It falls down. ON THE GROUND. If you want to pick the pieces up and take them somewhere else afterwards, fine. But they fell on the ground first. (Or tried to, and just fell on each other.) Why should the word need an effing qualifier?
(Yes, I know that this started happening in English in the 1780s. [Gibbon uses it first in print, to judge by the OED.] I still hate it.)
(sigh) …I said it was near-irrational.
Well I assume it’s supposed to emphasize that only level ground remained where something was once standing, as opposed to for example leaving banged up ruins of a building in place.
*beep beep* look, this is the most heart-broken blog on my dash again. Neat! :)
when you hear somebody talking about one of your interests
ha, as if anyone around me actually shared my interests. :D