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    the occasional politician?

    Beloved by rock stars and movie stars, ballplayers and even
    the occasional politician, cocaine was a drug of power and panache.


    I don't quite get "the occasional politician". I think the speaker meant to say "even occasionally some politicians", which I think is not the same as "the occasional politician". Is it one of those things that only a native speaker can easily understand?

    Thanks for help.

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    Re: the occasional politician?

    Thanks. I've got to learn more and also ask more.

    I was baffled about this mainly because the usage runs contrary to much of English I've seen, so I was eager to hear from a native speaker about it. I mean, in most cases, an adjective describes the characteristic of the thing that the following noun represents. In my understanding, this is not the case of "the occasional politician". I've read a fair amound of English, but it's the first time I encountered such a usage. I presume that this usage is rare, isn't it?

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    Re: the occasional politician?

    Thanks. I've got to learn more and also ask more.

    I was baffled about this mainly because the usage runs contrary to much of English I've seen, so I was eager to hear from a native speaker about it. I mean, in most cases, an adjective describes the characteristic of the thing that the following noun represents. In my understanding, this is not the case of "the occasional politician". I've read a fair amound of English, but it's the first time I encountered such a usage. I presume that this usage is rare, isn't it?

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    Re: the occasional politician?

    Thank you for your explanation and examples. I've understood better. Looks like I have quite a way to go.

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