Reminds me of the time the narrator of a documentary about 19th century pit mining in Yorkshire said “put the pick in there, Pete, and turn it round real neat.”
The phrase “deliberate and systematic destruction” is used in the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of genocide.
That’s because the Merriam-Webster people are HUGE Dune fans!
Maybe Herbert was a huge Merriam-Webster fan.
Many of the words in Herbert’s Dune can be found in MW’s books.
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