When you have one too many martinis and accidentally drive your grandma’s car into a ravine then wake up in a hospital bed sometimes you’re awakened by your grandma grabbing you by the neck screaming “You totaled my car! You totaled my car!” I never liked this term “totaled.” The problem I have is what do you call a car that you crashed that isn’t totaled? You never hear that someone “partialed” a car. So a car can only either be perfectly fine or totaled? That’s what’s being suggested if “totaled” is a term. We need to do away with this term and replace it with a damage scale of some sort. Just grade the damage on a scale of 1-10 and do away with the totaled/not totaled concept. Instead of “totaled” you could say your crash was a “10.” If you can still drive it away then that’s more of like a “7.” If you only dented it then that’s a “2” and of course “1” is no damage at all. Also, the word “totaled” is completely unnecessary. You can just say “destroyed” and that means basically the same exact thing.
|Your first totaled car is always a fun family moment.|