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Why I Hate the Word “Lucky”

I’ve been told how “lucky” I am in regards to my degree, professional success, publications, you name it. Luck ain’t got nothing to do with it!

Courtney Herz Writes

I’d love to come back from an absence with a more positive title, but this one is important. It’s been getting on my nerves for a long time. This week, however, I’ve heard it so often I just had to write about it.

The word “lucky” gets used quite often, and the way it’s used is, more often than not, incorrect at best and insulting at worst.

If you’re walking down the street and you find a $100 bill, you’re lucky.

If you wake up and suddenly find out you’ve won the lotto, you’re lucky.

There are many instances in life in which you truly can be called lucky.

But here’s where it starts to turn irritating.

I’m a member of several Facebook groups for artists. Today, in one of them, someone posted that he’d sold 20 of his paintings to a collector – a sale that earned him a…

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