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    Wink "Calamity" and "Disaster"

    Kindly let me know when and where "calamity" and "disaster" to be used?

    My uncle told me about a story related to this. When the great Disraeli was in the House of Commons there arose the above question. Disraeli jokingly clarified the difference between calamity and disaster by saying

    " if the Prime Minister drowns in the Thames it is a disaster. But if he is saved then it is a calamity to the nation."

    Also, let me know what and how Mr. Disraeli clarified the difference, in his own words.

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    Re: "Calamity" and "Disaster"

    He's suggestion that a calamity is worse than a disaster. There are, however, contexts where only one can be used- an earthquake is a ''natural disaster- we would use calmity after natural to describe the type, though we could say use calamity when talking about the effects. With Disraeli, he was speaking about his great rival Gladstone, I believe.


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