unlucky and unfortunate

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Anonymous:
Hi,

It was an unlucky/unfortunate day for me.
What is the difference in meaning between 'unlucky' and 'unfortnate' in the sentence?

Thanks.
There's no real difference. Most people don't use unfortunate in general conversation.
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Anonymous:
Hi Old Man Gordon,

Thank you very much for your reply. Do you mean we can use unfortunate in writing in such a sentence?
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Anonymous:
Hi Goodman,
Thank you very much for your answer.
Do you mean that "It was an unfortunate day for me." is fine in conversation and writing and mean the same as 'unlucky' here?

Thanks.
When I said you were ugly, that was just an unfortunate choice of words. (perhaps unlucky too.) While the word means the same as "unlucky," in this case it's understood to mean I was careless. (I think.)

Unlucky / unfortunate can mean you made a decision which because of unforseen circumstances turned out to have a bad outcome (unintended consequences). But, on the other hand, perhaps you should have known better. Or maybe you knew it was risky and decided to "take a chance." (bad luck)

"What a shame!" = "How unfortunate!" Could mean "bad luck," but we don't like to suggest that when offer condolences for a seriously bad happening. (I want to say, "misfortune," but I mustn't.)

- A.
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Anonymous:
Hi Avangi,

I'm sorry I don't quite understand your meaning. Are you saying that the two words mean the same in my example 'It was an unlucky/unfortunate day for me'?
Is it ok to use 'unfortunate' in speaking and writing here?
Thank you very much for your answer.
Sure. In your original post there's no context at all. Even if an extremely serious "misfortune" darkened your day, since you're speaking about yourself, it's your privilige to make light of it and call it bad luck.

(The point has been made in this thread that you should respect other people by not referring to their serious misfortunes as "bad luck." Personally, I always enjoy a little gallows humor - You'd even complain if they hung you with a new rope!)

Let me add that it's more natural to refer to the day, the year, the trip, the game, the job, etc. as "unlucky" and the particular misfortune in question as "unfortunate," but I wouldn't call it a rule.

It was an unlucky ski race for me. I broke my leg. The race was unlucky; breaking my leg was unfortunate. (That's just the way I most often hear it.)

- A.
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Hi, Avangi!

what do you mean by your phrase '' You'd even complain if they hung you with a new rope ''?

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