On writing clauses

Yesterday, there was a clause that read: “In the case of the President being unavoidably absent for the meeting…”. But suppose the President was absenting himself on purpose – what then? Will the clause no longer apply? I assume that the authors had wished that little addition to bind the President to his duties; that is, his absence should only be caused by circumstances beyond his control. This is quite similar to when a friend thanks another for a gift he has not yet received, but knows it will soon arrive. And the gift will arrive, so in the same way, shall the President never absent himself on purpose, nor for some petty sake which may easily be overcome. Nonetheless, it is usually better to refrain from such playful adjectives in documents of this propriety, lest some eagles be fooled.


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