One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a railway disaster’
catastrophe, calamity, cataclysm, tragedy, act of God, holocaust
accident, mishap, misadventure, mischance
setback, reversal, reverse of fortune, contretemps, stroke of ill luck, problem, difficulty, heavy blow, shock, buffet
adversity, trouble, misfortune, ruin, ruination, tribulation, woe, distress
Scottish archaic mishanter
2‘my personal life had been a disaster’
failure, fiasco, catastrophe, mess, debacle
British damp squib
informal flop, dud, washout, dead loss, dead duck, non-starter, no-hoper, fail
British informal car crash
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