I found this word in my thesaurus. It means misfortune/mishap, but also bad news, catastrophe, and disaster. Which indeed, members of my Consumerist group got today.
One of our members passed away on Monday, of pneumonia.
Kim was a very lively, sweet person who loved cats and stuff that was blue. We’ll miss you, Kim, more than we can say. Our prayers go out to you and your husband, your family and your kitties.
Some people might think it strange to mourn a person you never actually met, but anyone who has spent time in a chat room or a newsgroup or any Internet community know that online friends can mean as much to you as the people in your backyard.
Rest in peace, my dear.