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Let's say that the previous week I bumped into a lot of people I knew as a child. Each event was random, occurred independently of the other and all were unconnected except that each of the people involved knew each other at around the same time that I knew them.

Serendipity seems a bit too strong a word for this because I gained no fortune and there was no chain of dependence in the events. Coincidence doesn't really fit, either.

There must be a word for this - or a way to explain it concisely. What is it?

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Why doesn't coincidence fit? –  Daniel Oct 9 '11 at 18:20
    
It doesn't seem right. I'm a native English speaker and to me a coincidence would be bumping into the same person twice in different circumstances - this is a bit like a cluster coincidence. There must be a better word. –  Matt Oct 9 '11 at 18:27
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I don't think there is a single word to describe this. Perhaps just a "series of coincidences"? –  Jeremy Oct 9 '11 at 18:28
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I think you just use the word too narrowly. An applicable definition of coincidence: a chance occurrence of events remarkable either for being simultaneous or for apparently being connected (via dictionary.com) –  onomatomaniak Oct 9 '11 at 18:35
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Though if you're really opposed to it, you could always go with fluke. –  onomatomaniak Oct 9 '11 at 18:37

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Synchronicity is the word you're looking for.

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It certainly isn’t serendipity. If you want an alternative to coinicidence, you might think about fortuity, but a series of coincidences seems to describe the events adequately.

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+1: I was going to answer fortuitous/fortuity. The only concern there, however, is that many people see fortu- and equate fortuitous with fortunate. –  narx Oct 9 '11 at 23:12

Have you tried "Happenstance"?

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