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#1 2008-10-23 17:49:52

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 787

"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…”.

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#2 2008-10-24 11:58:21

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
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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* .

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