fortunately, by then he was in England carrying a steno pad, not in Tunisia hauling a howitzer.
fortunately, everyone also thinks things are "mildly better."
fortunately, the Japanese navy found the boat at sea and every one of its passengers was airlifted to safety.
late 14c., from Latin fortunatus "prospered, prosperous; lucky, happy," past participle of fortunare "to make prosperous," from fortuna (see fortune). Fortunate Islands "mythical abode of the blessed dead, in the Western Ocean," early 15c., translates Latin Fortunatae Insulae.