In GLU we had a question on difference between schlimm-schlecht (bad-poor). My rule of thumb was:
- use bad if something feels bad, affects you emotionally in a negative sense
- use poor to judge objectively something which doesn't affect you emotionally, e.g., like a teacher judging the grades of a distinct pupil, while the pupil's mother would judge them rather as bad grades from a very personal and emotional point of view, feeling bad about the future of her child.
I'm not looking for spanish adjectives/adverb of fatal, sick, sad in English. Doesn't match the the general meaning of poor & bad in my opinion. Is there a word matching malo,mala for this differentiation in a similar way as in Ger?