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#1 2008-10-23 21:49:52

Dixon Wragg
From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 714

"fulfill" for "fill"?

“Emil Schult generally fulfilled the role of tour manager.” (from the Wikipedia entry on the group Kraftwerk).

Is this an eggcorn, or is it a correct usage of one accepted meaning of the word “fulfill”? I’ve previously heard that term as “filled the role”, not “fulfilled…”.




#2 2008-10-24 15:58:21

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1812

Re: "fulfill" for "fill"?

Seems pretty standard to me—fits the semantics of both fulfill and role. Half a Meg ghits, for what that’s worth. “fulfill the function(s)” works fine too.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



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