Is the word "total" a usage of standard English? Or is it of regional English? The phrase "Four Seasons Total Landscaping" is the name of a company in Philadelphia.

And now, when Siravo, 65, goes to work at the unassuming one-story redbrick industrial building on State Road, home to Four Seasons Total Landscaping for the last 20 years, “not a day goes by where there’s not a crowd outside.”

Source:The Philadelphia Inquirer

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    It is a name of a place, or club, or baseball team. It can be anything creative. It has nothing to do with standard or non-standard usage. Dec 3, 2020 at 8:37
  • And it can be meaningless?
    – NewPlanet
    Dec 3, 2020 at 8:40
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    Does New York have a meaning? Does Lakers have a meaning? Not all names necessary depict meaningful attributions. Dec 3, 2020 at 8:41
  • Total isn't meaningless, although, as David Siegel says, it doesn't add anything useful to this company's name. It is a perfectly standard English word. Have you looked it up in a dictionary? Dec 3, 2020 at 9:17

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This is a somewhat unusual but not incorrect construction in what seems to be a name devised for marketing effect.

"Total Landscaping" here is meant to suggest that this firm provides all possible t=landscaping services. It really has no substantive difference in meaning from "Four Seasons Landscaping", which would be a much more usual form. But it is not uncommon to see a business labeled "Total X" to suggest that it totally or fully covers the field of X, whatever X might be. It is marketing buzz-speak, not good writing, but perhaps it is effective marketing.

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