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This week, we’ve been watching words for hurricane havoc, Hollywood hubbub, and political patter: Catastrophic According to the US National Hurricane Center, hurricane Harvey, which has dumped over 50 inches (127cm) of rain on parts of Houston, Texas, is set to mark the most extreme rain event in US history. As the Center has reported, […]more
The word catastrophe often comes up in the news, whether in response to financial crises, sporting decisions, or natural disasters: let’s take a closer look at the word’s history. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word has been in use in English since at least 1579, although the initial meaning was somewhat different than how we generally […]more