wonder / miracle

dn88

Senior Member
Polish
Hello.

Let's assume a group of people were involved in a serious car accident but fortunately none of them were injured. Someone might say:

It's a wonder no one was injured in the accident.
It's a miracle no one was injured in the accident.


If both are possible, would I be right in thinking that the second one expresses a greater degree of astonishment on the speaker's part?

Thanks.
 
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  • ewie

    Senior Member
    English English
    Hullo DN. Yes, I think it's a very fair assessment ... wonder actually strikes me as quite weak in degree: a lot of its 'force' has been rubbed off by over-use, I suppose.
     

    dn88

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Thank you. :)

    To me, "miracle" sounds as if there might have been some sort of divine intervention.
     
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