close-to-tragic fender bender


Senior Member

I'm trying to describe a fender bender that could have turned into a tragic car crash
I wrote:

"X had one close-to-tragic fender bender that could have cost him his life. "

Is close-to-tragic or near-tragic a good word choice?
Any other suggest that sound more tragic?

My professor says people love to read tragedy!
I don't quite agree, but I have to exaggerate because I want a good grade ^^'
  • exgerman

    Senior Member
    English but my first language was German
    Near-tragic fender bender is an oxymoron. It's a lively expression that's fine if you go on to explain why the minor traffic accident nearly turned into a tragedy.