“It’s a travesty.” Is it really?
When something truly terrible happens, it’s probably not a travesty. The word “travesty” is often misused, when the right word might be “tragedy.”
What is a travesty?
Properly defined, this word points to a distortion, falsehood, or absurdity. A travesty may even be a mockery or perversion of something real. A caricature, burlesque, farce, or sham might be called a travesty.
A simply horrible actual turn of events would likely not be. One might say it would be a travesty to paint a tragedy thusly.
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