The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #163204   Message #3892476
Posted By: Steve Shaw
06-Dec-17 - 02:02 PM
Thread Name: We must stop correcting grammar
Subject: RE: We must stop correcting grammar
The word raze means to level a building right to the ground. As you can't partially raze it (as it wouldn't then be levelled), to say that it's been razed to the ground is a pleonasm. Other examples of pleonasms would be to say I'll meet you at 9am in the morning, I feel surrounded on all sides, he reverted back to type, I'll be receiving a free gift. "The building was razed" is complete, elegant and beautiful, unless it's your building and you didn't want it razed.

Foundations and cellars don't count, Nigel. They are below ground. Razing means to level, not to hollow out.