In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(unlucky)(coincidence) desafortunado(coincidence) desventurado literaryhe has been very unfortunate — ha tenido muy mala suerte
- the unfortunate girl had all her money stolen — a la pobre chica le robaron todo el dinero
- I was unfortunate enough to catch a cold — tuve la desgracia / la mala suerte de resfriarme
- it was unfortunate that the weather was so bad — fue una pena que hiciera tan mal tiempo
- an unfortunate first marriage — un desdichado / desgraciado primer matrimonio
- those unfortunate wretches huddled under bridges — esos pobres desgraciados acurrucados bajo los puentes
- The work is spread fairly and in the public interest amongst a wide range of operators to the best requirements of those who are unfortunate enough to be in an accident.
- Muslim organisations have risen to the occasion in times of adversity to help their unfortunate brethren.
- There are psychos around, like there are anywhere and this poor person was unfortunate enough to be standing in front of a psycho who pushed him under a tube
- I've been telling my friends for some time that there's little you can do if you're unfortunate enough to be at the epicenter of a terrorist attack.
- Worse still, he smells and if you're unfortunate enough to get next to him on the cross trainer and he starts really pumping it, it can cause disturbed breathing that leads to a fatal arrhythmia.
- If you have been unfortunate enough to loose your bag Bronilyn suggests it's best to be wary, particularly if you receive a phone call asking you to collect it from a specific location.
- Then, there is always the unfortunate chance of infection among other variables.
- In some ways perhaps, but make that point to anyone who has been unfortunate enough to be involved in a road accident, whether or not it was their fault!
- I've been to many fires, seen the devastation, interviewed the owners of the charred properties and thought I could handle it if I was ever unfortunate enough to be in the same position.
- Yamoto, who speaks with a suspiciously western Canadian accent, laments the unfortunate set of circumstances that stranded the group in Canada.
- Ask them for a European Accident Statement - you can use this if you are unfortunate enough to have an accident to record all the details you will need to make a claim.
- I shall remember that, should I be unfortunate enough to get shot down but fortunate not to get killed in the process.
- And that's terribly unfortunate, and we have to solve this problem.
- Like many others, he was unfortunate enough to lose a limb in a shooting accident but is bravely continuing with his chosen career of caring for his beloved hunting hounds.
- You may even have been unfortunate enough to have had your name or email address stolen and put in the ‘from’ field to make their emails look legitimate.
- I was unfortunate enough to have an accident while on holiday in Minorca, where I spent eight days in hospital after an operation for a broken hip.
- No, the simultaneous attacks were probably just an unfortunate result of chance.
- ‘If a person is unfortunate enough to fail their test the first time they need to re-take it as soon as possible,’ he said.
- This is unfortunate, though not terribly surprising.
- I thought we created quite a few chances but it was unfortunate we had not put them away.
2(unsuitable)(remark) desafortunado(remark) inoportuno(remark) poco feliz(moment) inoportuno(choice of words) desacertado(choice of words) desafortunado(choice of words) poco feliz(habit/tendency) lamentable
- Kapia acted very childishly in his remarks pertaining to that unfortunate incident, a sensible person would not even think of making such a remark.
- The Namibian Government has instituted investigations regarding the shooting by their officer and has expressed regret over this unfortunate incident.
- For me, Schorr's remark was an unfortunate symptom of his poverty of imagination.
- It is driven, as much as anything, by the terrible intrusion on the privacy of and damage caused to Princess Diana some years ago by some very inappropriate and unfortunate photographs.
- That ad, which included unfortunate remarks about spinal-cord injury, should never have been approved, much less written.
- Firstly, I regret that this unfortunate incident occurred and reiterate our apology to Mrs Hill's family.
- ‘It's certainly an unfortunate incident that we regret,’ a White House spokesman told a news briefing.
- And it's not as the Mexican government presented it as an unfortunate remark.
- ‘The way I expressed it was very unfortunate and I regret it,’ he said.
- The Tories have rushed to distance themselves from these rather unfortunate remarks.
- ‘It is important to say the Navy regrets this unfortunate incident,’ said a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet.
- This is an unfortunate misrepresentation of my remarks, and misleads readers about the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
- Anyone who can afford one will not regret it, despite the unfortunate way it is sold.
- Well I think the US decision on health claims for soy in relation to cardiovascular disease, was unfortunate and inappropriate.
- But the Canadian leader said he had told Blair ‘that this was not the time for intemperate or unfortunate remarks’.
- I recognise that the legal action we took in September in order to formalise our agreement with Tracy created an unfortunate and regrettable public dispute.
- That was 12 years ago and Phil has long since forgotten the furore his unfortunate remarks caused.
- I think the choice of photograph was ugly, unfortunate, sensationalistic and inappropriate.
1desgraciado masculinedesgraciada feminine
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