I'm looking for a single word (or two words) that means something along the lines, "Two bad things coming together to make something good." When I say things it could mean events or objects or people or anything, that part is quite flexible. But it has to be a combination of two.

Alternatively I wouldn't mind a word that would mean something like, "two bad things combining to make something far far worse" either. Thanks!

EDIT: It needs to be obvious that two bad things are combining. Also I can't use a phrase. I'm hoping to convert the word/2 words into a name, so that should help understand what I'm looking for.


Heard this in a movie once, it's not Shakespeare, but I thought it was catchy :)

Two wrongs make a right... an outright catastrophe.

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  • I'm looking for a word, or maybe even two. The phrase sounds nice but is a little longer than what I was looking for. – Asad Kothawala Aug 29 '15 at 14:07
  • maybe if you post the actual sentence (minus the word), we or someone else can think of a good word for you? :) – Born2Smile Aug 29 '15 at 16:08

Actions combining to produce some unforeseen good result could be said to be fortuitous -

… the intensification of competition on the job market has only exacerbated our class anxiety, as hiring seems all the more uncertain if not fortuitous. —Jeffrey J. Williams, College English, November 2003

This is not restricted to combinations of pairs-of-things (OP's qualification), but can work for single or multiple events combining.

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  • Sorry for not including this information in the original post, but it needs to be evident that two bad things are coming together. Since "fortuitous" doesn't imply that, it's not really what I was looking for. Once again, sorry about that. – Asad Kothawala Aug 29 '15 at 14:10

For your first request,

The two negatives canceled [each other] out

I'm sorry it's longer than you wanted, that's the shortest I could think of.

For your second request, you could make a two-word phrase, with the second word being compounded. For example,

Evil compounded OR Villainy compounded

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