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Hi

Could you please tell me if the word tote meaning carry is just informal or totally slang? Is this word common in BrE too?

She was always toting a James Hadley Chase novel to her office.

Best,

Tom

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It's common enough in BrE. It's informal rather than slang.

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Mr. TomShe was always toting a James Hadley Chase novel

It implies a non-serious motive. For example, maybe it was to impress others.

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Mr. TomCould you please tell me if the word tote meaning carry is just informal or totally slang?

It's informal, not slang.

More than 'carry' it can suggest difficulty, as in lugging, hauling.

CJ

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Mr. TomShe was always toting a James Hadley Chase novel to her office.

"Always" is a bit redundant. To tote denotes habitual practice in this context.

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Mr. TomShe was always toting a James Hadley Chase novel to her office.

"Always" is a bit redundant. To tote denotes habitual practice in this context.

Not to me. To me the sentence below says she was on the way to her office on one particular occasion, and she had that novel with her.

She was toting a James Hadley Chase novel to her office.

CJ

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CalifJimShe was toting a James Hadley Chase novel to her office.

That strikes me as a misuse. But it is a fine point that I don't think is very important.