Copernicus Gets Diplomatic
When the first secretary-general of the United Nations (Trygve Lie, a Norwegian) handed over to his successor (Dag Hammarskjöld, a Swede) he said, "Welcome to the most impossible job on this earth."
(By the way, some linguists don't like this! They would say that the word 'impossible', like 'unique', is a non-gradable adjective: you cannot say that something is "the most unique" or "more unique". However, your Copernicus columnist has always been relaxed about this kind of thing - as I'm about to prove in my next sentence.)
The job has become even . . .
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