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    Poignant reminder

    Grateful if you could tell me what it means for the underlined expression.

    "Chief Executive ABC was taught a valuable political lesson by the scandal over former housing chief CDE's appointment to a top job with the property developer FGH. The resulting outcry brought his administration in for some heavy criticism and was, in part, the reason for a plunge in its popularity. There could have been no more poignant reminder that the government has to go about its work with the utmost transparency and fairness. Mr ABC would seem to have taken the experience to heart; the committee he has put together to ensure that there is no repeat is a refreshingly inclusive one."


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    Re: Poignant reminder

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Grateful if you could tell me what it means for the underlined expression.

    "Chief Executive ABC was taught a valuable political lesson by the scandal over former housing chief CDE's appointment to a top job with the property developer FGH. The resulting outcry brought his administration in for some heavy criticism and was, in part, the reason for a plunge in its popularity. There could have been no more poignant reminder that the government has to go about its work with the utmost transparency and fairness. Mr ABC would seem to have taken the experience to heart; the committee he has put together to ensure that there is no repeat is a refreshingly inclusive one."


    Thanks.
    The outcry was a reminder that government has to be accountable.
    It was a poignant reminder; in fact it was so poignant that it would not be possible to think of a reminder more poignant. So, there could not be a more poignant reminder. And hence: There could have been no more poignant reminder

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    Re: Poignant reminder

    Thank you, Raymott.
    I would also like to know what the meaning of "poignant" is here. Does it mean "sad"?
    Thanks again.
    Last edited by Deepurple; 01-Oct-2008 at 12:12.

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    Re: Poignant reminder

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Thank you, Raymott.
    I would also like to know what the meaning of "poignant" is here. Does it mean "sad"?
    Thanks again.
    It means ironically sad, but appropriate, apt.

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