Isn't this a great word.
It's the word that came to my mind when I saw this fly on a paper towel laying on my desk. In January. In Minnesota. A housefly happily buzzing about.
It's a word to describe so much of what is happening all around us. Sounds so much better than the other words I could use.
Although it describes the situation in Haiti, I don't think it has a strong enough sound to it. Horrific is more suitable. Heart-wrenching is another.