The calamity that President Obama confronts is still in its earliest stages.
A technical sovereign debt default triggered by a debt-ceiling stalemate would be a calamity for the American and world economies.
calamity,” Roth writes elsewhere, “when it comes, comes in a rush.
early 15c., from Middle French calamite (14c.), from Latin calamitatem (nominative calamitas) "damage, loss, failure; disaster, misfortune, adversity," origin obscure. Early etymologists associated it with calamus "straw" (see shawm); but it is perhaps from a lost root preserved in incolumis "uninjured," from PIE *kle-mo-, from base *kel- "to strike, cut" (see hilt).