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The chance, fortuitous encounter of the two songwriters led to a lifelong, musical partnership. They were both known for writing love songs, in which lucky, fortuitous events happened leading to happy circumstances. When the writers’ strike broke out in Hollywood, they were fortuitously or accidentally across the Atlantic working on a new musical, so the duo remained prosperous despite the strike.

Quiz: How would you feel about a fortuitous event?

  • You would be devastated by such a horrible experience.
  • You would be pleased by such unexpected good luck.
  • You would be worried about the potential for disaster.

Memory Hook

Fortunate Tuition House I was unable to pay my tuition one semester, but then a long lost aunt died who left me her house, a fortunate event for me since then I was able to pay my tuition by selling the house, quite the fortuitous chain of events.


  • The fortuitous combination of boomer collecting power and a new desire on the part of young artists to engage a wider audience has driven the market for contemporary art to unprecedented levels. —Newsweek
  • A fortuitous meeting between Youmans and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe at a local club led to the latter’s interest and subsequent production work on Trinket’s 1996 indie release, Your Head Is a Shimmer. —Rolling Stone
  • The scandal began when academic research revealed the suspiciously fortuitous timing of option grants, a disproportionate number of which occurred just before a rise in the share prices of executives' companies. —The Economist
  • The discovery of mirror neurons, while fortuitous, was actually the culmination of decades of painstaking scientific inquiry in dozens of brain laboratories around the world, and the authors take us into those labs to watch this important scientific tale unfold. —The Washington Post

Word Ingredients

fortun luck, chance
-ous possessing the nature of

A fortuitous event “possesses the nature of luck or chance” that brings about something good.

Word Theater

Tombstone She believes that it is fortuitous that the two of them have met.

Word Constellation