What is the best word that I could use to describe a person that seems to attract negative situations? Every time I am around him/her, something bad always seems to happen. Is there a word to describe this person?
You call such a person a jinx.
All of these are used in context alongside the idea of "luck" or that this person is simply a victim that attracts negative situations. If you're trying to describe the person as having a negative disposition (and possibly causing his/her own suffering) then you may use these idioms. However, idioms are strictly informal, use caution in professional settings.
Negative people can be called
- Debbie Downer
- Susie Raincloud
- Negative Nancy
- Grumpy Gus
These refer to disposition rather than situational negativity...I don't know if this helps.