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    Another word for "bad luck"

    Hello,
    Years ago when I was on vacation I played billiard against an English man.
    I did a lucky move and I asked him:
    "By the way, what is the opposite of luck?"
    He said a word which sounded like "white".
    However, I have never found such a word.

    Do you know anything about this?

    Cheers!


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    Re: Another word for "bad luck"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    Years ago when I was on vacation I played billiard against an English man.
    I did a lucky move and I asked him:
    "By the way, what is the opposite of luck?"
    He said a word which sounded like "white".
    However, I have never found such a word.

    Do you know anything about this?

    Cheers!
    One reply you might hear is, "It wasn't luck, it was skill."


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    Re: Another word for "bad luck"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    Years ago when I was on vacation I played billiard against an English man.
    I did a lucky move and I asked him:
    "By the way, what is the opposite of luck?"
    He said a word which sounded like "white".
    However, I have never found such a word.

    Do you know anything about this?

    Cheers!
    Hi!

    Didn't he say "jinx"?

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    Re: Another word for "bad luck"

    Hello and thanks for your advice

    No, it was neither skill nor jinx.
    Maybe he missunderstood my question and thought I meant "black"?
    (But funny pronounced [blak], not [blaek] - who knows? )

    Cheers

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    Re: Another word for "bad luck"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello and thanks for your advice

    No, it was neither skill nor jinx.
    Maybe he missunderstood my question and thought I meant "black"?
    (But funny pronounced [blak], not [blaek] - who knows? )

    Cheers
    Maybe he didn't hear your question (or ignored it), and was just nominating the next ball he was going to sink.

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    #6

    Re: Another word for "bad luck"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello and thanks for your advice

    No, it was neither skill nor jinx.
    Maybe he missunderstood my question and thought I meant "black"?
    (But funny pronounced [blak], not [blaek] - who knows? )

    Cheers
    maybe 'knack'? which is a skill or an ability to do something easily and well.

    DICT: A specific talent for something, especially one difficult to explain or teach.

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