Trending today.. your vocal composition, as defined by Merriam-Webster, and their “Word of the Day”. Their word today is “imprecate”.. not lost in its humor of timing; but let’s get back to calamity!
1 : a state of deep distress or misery caused by major misfortune or loss
2 : a disastrous event marked by great loss and lasting distress and suffering “calamities of nature”, “an economic calamity”.
- pluralized = calamities
…here is an example of this word, in exercise. I’d like to “share” John Dean’s ponderings! Hats off & curtsies to you Mr. Dean – well said!! You can follow John Dean’s tweets.. @JohnWDean
Calamity spiked in lookups on January 31, 2017, after former White House Counsel to President Nixon John Dean used the word in a tweet criticizing President Donald Trump:
Dean was fired by President Nixon in 1973 because he refused to participate in a cover-up of the Watergate break-in, and Dean’s subsequent testimony to a Senate committee led to Nixon’s resignation.Photo: White House Photo by Oliver F. Atkins, 7 March 1973
Calamity means “an event that causes great harm and suffering” and is synonymous with disaster. It came to English from French in the 15th century, and goes back to the Latin word calamitas, meaning “damage” or “disaster.”