In the latest fiasco, it emerged that in 2013 an academic in Britain built a questionnaire app for Facebook users, which 270,000 people answered. NYT

Fiasco is a word from my childhood. I enjoyed the word, because it had a very strong meaning – a complete (usually humiliating) failure – but it was not a swear word.  I used it very often at a young age.

Historically, fiasco comes from both French, fiare fiasco, «turn out a failure» (19c.), and from Italian far fiasco «suffer a complete breakdown in performance,»  It first appeared in around 1855 meaning a bad theater performance.  Soon it took on a broader meaning of any failure or bad flop.

Hopefully you won’t have any fiascos in your near future!