One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the fire was only the latest calamity to strike the area’
disaster, catastrophe, tragedy, cataclysm, devastating blow, crisis, adversity, blight, tribulation, woe, affliction, evil
misfortune, misadventure, accident, stroke of bad luck, reverse of fortune, setback, mischance, mishap
British informal car crash
Scottish archaic mishanter
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