2016 is drawing to an end, and nobody can say it was an unexceptional year. On the contrary, it was extraordinary and at the same time a year of great tragedies.
"Extraordinary" and "exceptional" because hardly anyone in the news predicted the victory of Brexit or Donald Trump in the US presidential election, and who knew that David Cameron would resign and be replaced by Theresa May, the second woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
But 2016 will also be remembered for the mass murders in Aleppo, and the subsequent refugee crisis; the evil acts of terrorism in Europe, and the mass killings in the US.
And if that were not enough, 2016 will surely be remembered as the year when musicians of the calibre of Bowie, Cohen, and Prince died. And movie legends such as Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher, and her mother Debbie Reynolds, passed away.
Is there a word or phrase that means extraordinary and tragic at the same time? I would like a word, an expression or short phrase that sums up this historical year.
- 2016 was the year of _______
- 2016 will go down in history as ______