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#199633 - 05/04/11 10:46 PM Speaking of differences
Jackie Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11613
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Wow, we really seem to be starting a trend here in Q&A.

Our paper ran an article about the Board of Trustees at UK having elected a new president for the university. The chairman was quoted as saying the uni. was "lucky and fortunate" to get him.

Is "lucky and fortunate" a redundancy, or is there some nuance I'm missing? I realize that lucky could be taken in some instances to mean sheer happenstance; but in this particular case they chose this man deliberately after a wide search, so sheer happenstance doesn't apply here.

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#199638 - 05/05/11 12:04 AM Re: Speaking of differences [Re: Jackie]
Candy Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 1706
Loc: down under
good observation Jackie

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#199643 - 05/05/11 02:50 AM Re: Speaking of differences [Re: Jackie]
Tromboniator Offline
old hand

Registered: 05/10/10
Posts: 954
Loc: Alaska
I'm overjoyed, and also ecstatic, that you shared that with us, Jackie. Trusteeship and eloquence do not necessarily inhabit the same body. We must forgive and let bygones be bygones.

Speaking of trustees and eloquence: I attended a graduation ceremony this evening in which a trustee read Frost's "The Road Not Taken," which I had recited last weekend at a memorial gathering, and for which I was heavily complimented. The high school choir director, who had attended both events, told me after the graduation, "Your excellent rendition just got much better."

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