If an abysmal new series sneaks on to the schedules without provoking an outburst from us, it can trundle through its six-week schedule unscathed.
Yet, even though official statistics reveal this abysmal state of affairs, what is the Government's response?
For all the insensitivity of this mistake, it represents the abysmal lack of knowledge about the Baltics in the minds of many a Westerner.
In this budget, the government continues its abysmal record on assisting the world's poorest people.
He yawned widely; from the depths of the abysmal abyss stretching beyond his throat emerged his tongue.
The down side is excess weight, poor performance and abysmal gas mileage.
York University had an abysmal five per cent turnout, in part because in the previous year they hadn't had an election.
Certainly the abysmal suffering and despair in many poor countries should cause us sickening guilt.
Despite throwing his hat in the ring for almost every job in the next three years, the best he could get was a brief, abysmal spell at Bradford City.
Carlow's league campaign has descended from early promise to an abysmal second half display against Wexford last time out.