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    It couldn't have happened to a nicer person

    Could anyone tell me the meaning the following sentence?
    '' It couldn't have happened to a nicer person.''

    Similar sentences appears on the English text, but I cannot understand
    '' It couldn't have happened to -----''


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    Talking Re: It couldn't have happened to a nicer person

    It's a joke. When something bad happens to a person you don't like, you say "Well, it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy."
    ....

    It's ironic, in short. He's not a nice guy, and it wasn't a good thing that happened to him. In fact, it's probably sarcastic, not merely ironic.


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    Re: It couldn't have happened to a nicer person

    ebb. Thank you for your kind reply!

    But I am still a littile bit confused. The whole conversation which I heard is asfollow:

    Woman:''Did you hear that Mr.Cheung is going to be our new vice president?''
    Man A:'' Really? Well, it couldn't have happened to a nicer person.''
    Woman: '' You know , I remember when he was a clerk in the mail room''

    In this case, May I understand that the man A doesn't think well of Mr Cheung's promotion? or..... If the sentence is '' It could have happned to
    a nicer person.'' , I can fully understand.


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    Talking Re: It couldn't have happened to a nicer person

    To be ironic, something bad must have happened to Mr. C. As in, "Hey I hear that Cheung got fired!"
    "Well.... it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy."

    Here, Ch. got promoted, not fired, so the "nicer guy" comment is not ironic but sincere.

    Non-ironic Meaning "He is a very nice person and I'm glad for him."

    Ironic meaning (when it's a bad event): "He's a bastard and deserves what he gets."


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    Re: It couldn't have happened to a nicer person

    ebb-san
    Thank you very much for your perfect explanation!

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