In my book, I came across with this sentence:
The result of the match was ............... as far as human self-esteem was concerned.
(The context is about a chess match between a human and a machine; the human wins)
There are two possible word choices:
At the end of the book, the correct answer is given which is salubrious.
1): I cant figure out the highlighted sentence completely. Given to the context, I can guess the author want to imply a surprising fact which is the victory of human being over a computer in a chess match. Am I right? Would you help me to understand the sentence?
2): Why is salubrious the correct answer as matter of the fact that facetious has some humorous or amusing connotation which concurs with my thoughts about surprising content of the sentence.