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WOTD      
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 13th December 2018
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fiasco (noun) fee-ASS-ko



A total, humiliating or ludicrous failure.

After the 24-hour drinking fiasco, the Olympics budget fiasco and the lottery smash-and-grab raid, there is now this desperate, incomprehensible struggle to promote more gambling, even in deprived areas and irrespective of the social effects - merely, it would seem from the Budget, so that the Chancellor can tax the gains that a wealthy casino owner will make from the losses of the often vulnerable consumer.

Lord Howard of Rising, Lords Hansard, 28 March 2007. Lords Hansard

A lot of people don't like to talk about their failures, I know, but there is a lesson in my April Fools' Day Party fiasco and I have decided to tell all about it.

Geoffrey T. Hellman, The New Yorker, 6 April 1940. The New Yorker

This loss of momentum and authority is the continuing price that the Prime Minister is paying for the fiasco of the cancelled election.

Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer, 11 November 2007.




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