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What is the meaning of the quotation below?

“Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life’s ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.” — W. Somerset Maugham
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When would one write “con[struction]”?

A quote in a book contained the word "con[struction]." It was used just as the word construct would have been. Is con ever used as an abbreviation of construction? Would there be any other reason to ...