What's the difference between "catastrophe", "disaster" and "calamity"? Are they all interchangeable?
Good question! "Catastrophe", "disaster", and "calamity" all have very similar meanings. The main difference between these words is that a "catastrophe" and a "disaster" refer to an event that is significant or destructive while a "calamity" is an event that usually results in loss of something. A "catastrophe" is also usually more severe or significant than a disaster. Although there are different nuances between these words, they are very similar and often used interchangeably.