By LAWRENCE FELLOWS
A crisis is a turning point, a moment of danger or suspense. Crises is the plural of crisis, which, to judge from the newspapers, you might believe to be a useful word in these troubled times.
But crisis is also an overworked word. Not every miserable situation in the world is a crisis, because not every one of them is at a turning point. The Chinese know the difference, for they write the word crisis in two characters, as on this page, the first character meaning danger, and the other opportunity.
Can world hunger be considered a crisis if there is no hope of improvement?