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No defenders, deleted sense. Hekaheka 00:12, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
French catastrophe not as catastrophic as English
This is my opinion through colloquial use of the word. However this opinion can be backed up by pointing out that within the Wikitionary entry, "desastre" is listed as a synonym -- and within a yellow pages there is a heading called "Apres Desastre" -- and these are adverts for contractors' services to come and pump out your basement when it's flooded or remove the tree that collapsed into your garage after the thunderstorm. And these things are not, in the English sense, thought of as "catastrophes," whereas in French, they may be.