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    Disastrous

    Can I use the adjective "disastrous" for people? For example: "She is a disastrous person"


    I guess I can't because the Oxford Advanced Lerner's Dictionary says it means: very bad, harmful or unsucessful.

    How can I express the same idea for a person?

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    Re: Disastrous

    Quote Originally Posted by Borovac View Post
    Can I use the adjective "disastrous" for people? For example: "She is a disastrous person"


    I guess I can't because the Oxford Advanced Lerner's Dictionary says it means: very bad, harmful or unsucessful.

    How can I express the same idea for a person?
    You could still use "disastrous" in a roundabout way. e.g.

    "She has a disastrous effect on those around her: she's a walking time-bomb."

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    "Everything she does is disastrous, especially for those closest to her."

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    Re: Disastrous

    However, I would say that colloquially you can say "she is a disastrous person" - she is someone who manages to make a mess of anything she is involved with or who causes trouble.

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    Re: Disastrous

    Thanks for the answers!


    I guess clumsy would also be a good solution

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    Re: Disastrous

    Quote Originally Posted by Borovac View Post
    Thanks for the answers!


    I guess clumsy would also be a good solution
    I think "disastrous" is a bit stronger than just clumsy.
    "clumsy" really only applies to physical things, whereas a disastrous effect can be personal or emotional.
    e.g. People who fail to care for their children can have a disastrous effect on their emotional well-being.


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    Re: Disastrous

    Is it possible to say 'She is a real disaster', or 'She is a disaster of a woman'?

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    Re: Disastrous

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    Is it possible to say 'She is a real disaster', or 'She is a disaster of a woman'?
    Yes you could say that, colloquially, I've heard it said, but it's a bit sexist.

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    Re: Disastrous

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes you could say that, colloquially, I've heard it said, but it's a bit sexist.
    It's only sexist if we say, "Women are a real disaster".
    A particular woman can be just as much of a disaster as a particular man. I don't think it would be sexist to point this out.

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