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To be fair to Hume, he is using a "popularist" definition of the term which is : "predictable but still improper"
Re: I can't believe that at your advanced age, err, wisdom, you still think 'journalist' have any shred of honesty. -- robertb Post Reply Top of thread Forum

Posted by: LateForLunch

12/06/2018, 10:05:57

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In addition to formal definitions, there are sometimes popular definitions of words/terms which are somewhat loose.

The word "unfortunate" is one of them. It's often used as a "polite" form of "immoral" such as when an underling is fired to cover for a boss who gets caught doing bad things. The underling's firing is often referred to as "unfortunate" in the sense that it was not entirely unexpected but also not entirely moral or proper. There is a tinge of irony in that usage.

Hume likes to use understatement to imply irony or an ongoing infamy.

One might use the term similarly to describe Monica Lewinsky's fate. Not entirely deserved but not entirely surprising.






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