Tag: catastrophe

It was not until the middle of the 18th century that catastrophe took on the meaning of sudden calamitous disaster.

Why a catastrophe hasn’t always been bad news

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 […]

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