Sunday Times, February 11, 2018

‘Fortuitous’ means ‘happening by chance’ and is applied to events or situations. For example, ‘it was a fortuitous meeting’. Technically it does not suggest whether the chance was a good thing or a bad thing, but nowadays it tends to be used in a ‘good’ context. Either way, obviously it cannot be applied to a person or a group of people. I’m at a loss to think what word was wanted here. ‘Effective’, maybe? It is yet another example of someone thinking a long word is smarter than a short one, and ending up looking foolish.

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