In the conventional dictionaries, a fiasco is a complete and utter failure. Especially one which is embarrassing for the severity of the failure, or the severity of the ineptitude leading to it.
Hurrican Katrina did a lot of damage, and the response to the human tradgedy in New Orleans will be remembered as a gigantic fiasco.
Ramon Gutierrezによって 2005年09月01日(木)
An event that has the appearance of falling completely apart at any moment, yet somehow manages to work out. Characterized by increased levels of both stress and enjoyment. Provides excellent story-telling material.
That trip where we drank rum and warm Pepsi and got stranded on that island and it started raining so we had to sleep in an old Datsun on that guy's front lawn when you were puking and we almost lost our jobs...man, that was a fiasco!