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January 13, 2011

Giffords’ brain benefits from benign route of bullet

USA-SHOOTING/CONGRESSWOMANTUCSON, Ariz, Jan 9 (Reuters) – U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords suffered what her doctors on Sunday called a “devastating wound” to her brain in a point-blank shooting, but the bullet’s relatively benign trajectory bodes well for her recovery.

“Giffords’ brain benefits from benign route of bullet” — so she should be happy?!

To “benefit” is to make something better. For something to be “benign” means it’s at least harmless, if not good.

Try “Giffords’ brain damage could have been worse”.

Michael

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in an undated handout photo provided by her Congressional office in Washington, January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords/Handout

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