I'm writing about a relationship that works out, despite a first date at a restaurant that was terrible. I want a sentence like "It began quite ignominiously (at a terrible restaurant)," but I don't think 'ignominiously' is really the best word for the sentiment that the restaurant choice was a poor start.

I've considered 'ominous' as a substitute, but think it's too strong. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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    This is usually expressed: It began inauspiciously. – aparente001 May 19 '17 at 4:23
  • There's not enough context. Was the relationship ultimately a success, or a disaster? This may affect the choice of words to describe how the relationship began. – Spencer May 20 '17 at 18:27

Perhaps the relationship got off to a rough start or maybe started out on rocky ground?


"It began quite ingloriously..." -> Possibly expressing that while the end result is a success, it starts with things going wrong at the start?


aparente001 had it: It began inauspiciously.

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