Is there the word, “Fortunity”? If there is, what does it mean?

I “think” I clearly heard the word, “Fortunity” in the following statement of the Wall Street Journal Report of this week (November 5th), introducing the unique service of Sanchez Delta Airline via Far East Network Radio broadcast.

“Airlines Sanchez Delta, a charter company caters to teams with
tricked-out jets, hand-picked flight attendants, meals from some
players’ favorite restaurants. Team charters often used to amount a
fortunity party – beer, pizza and junk food. But the airlines say the
days of raucous party flying have gone. Many teams ban alcohol, have
nutritionist’s select menus, and set up plane chairs so coaches can
study games when some players can sleep.”

As I’ve never heard the word, “Fortunity,” I checked both Cambrigde and Oxford online dictionaries, neither of which carries “Fortunity.”

Spell checker keeps recommending me to correct “Fortunity” into “Fortuity” or “Fortunate” while I’m typing this question.

On the other hand, I see a lot of captions including the word, “Fortunity” on Google Search, though none of them provides its definition.

Is “Fortunity” a current English word? If it is, what does it mean?

Answer

SF’s conjecture, fraternity, appears to be correct. I couldn’t find the audio, but what I take to be either the transcript or the original from which the read story was adapted is here. Below is the portion corresponding to your transcript, with departures bolded and unincluded matter italicized:

Instead, airlines—particularly Delta—and charter companies cater to teams with tricked-out jets, handpicked flight attendants and meals from players’ favorite restaurants, sometimes served on silver trays.

Team charters often used to amount to a fraternity party of beer, pizza and junk food, sometimes with guitar playing and rookie hazing, but airlines say the days of raucous party flights are gone. Many teams ban alcohol, have nutritionists select menus and set up plane interiors so coaches can study game films and players can sleep.

I conjecture that what you heard as “Sanchez” was probably “such as”.

For those whose cultural awareness does not extend to the ‘frat party’: this is a convivial assembly hosted by a ‘fraternity’, a university-based social club of sub-adult US males, and characterized principally by participants’ indulgence of their libidinal and appetitive impulses with as little restraint as circumstances permit.

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