(ACK-uh-REE-yuh)  A noun, denoting a period during which one’s life just doesn’t go well.  Derived from the Greek word ακαιρία, meaning “a time of trouble.”

Sometimes we have days, or weeks, etc., during which we keep just missing the bus, or we bounce a bunch of checks, or the car and the refrigerator and the dishwasher stop working, or what have you (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase in print).  Missed opportunities, endeavors that normally go well going wrong, misunderstandings – these are the things that characterize akairia.  Could be used in phrases like “going through a little akairia” or “this year has been one long akairia.”

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