calbliterate (kal-blit’i-rayt’) a. (v.tr.) To toy with something until it no longer works or is much worse than it originally was.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We’ve all heard that, but for some reason we all want to improve on or upgrade things to make them more efficient, but to calbliterate an object or device until it is no longer useful or recognizable is more common than we would think. This can happen with anything, from cars to computer, just about anything one can easily access spare parts for. Some people are great at tinkering, and are the ones who create progress by heeding the call of Mother Necessity, but then there are the rest of us who really should not be tinkering with things we don’t understand, thus causing calbliterateration of such items. To tinker with something so much that it causes it to calbliterate is also very dangerous, especially when working with things that are electrical or flammable in nature. Leave the tinkering to the professionals, and there will be much less calbliterateration going on, less explosions, and less injuries caused by stupidity. After all, no matter how we look at it, stupidity is the number one cause of death. Try not to add to the numbers. Those professional tinkerers, they know what they are doing.