Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Personal Favorite...


funny word of the day: awkward


I use this word often to describe uncomfortable situations. Yet again, this is a word that is described using other funny words, including inept, clumsy, maladroit, and gauche.


Definition from Merriam-Webster:


awk·ward
Pronunciation:
\ˈȯ-kwərd\
Function:
adjective
Etymology:
Middle English awkeward in the wrong direction, from awke turned the wrong way, from Old Norse ǫfugr; akin to Old High German abuh turned the wrong way
Date:
1530
1obsolete : perverse2archaic : unfavorable, adverse3 a: lacking dexterity or skill (as in the use of hands) b: showing the result of a lack of expertness 4 a: lacking ease or grace (as of movement or expression) b: lacking the right proportions, size, or harmony of parts : ungainly 5 a: lacking social grace and assurance b: causing embarrassment 6: not easy to handle or deal with : requiring great skill, ingenuity, or care
— awk·ward·ly adverb
— awk·ward·ness noun


synonyms awkward, clumsy, maladroit, inept, gauche mean not marked by ease (as of performance, movement, or social conduct). awkward is widely applicable and may suggest unhandiness, inconvenience, lack of muscular control, embarrassment, or lack of tact . clumsy implies stiffness and heaviness and so may connote inflexibility, unwieldiness, or lack of ordinary skill . maladroit suggests a tendency to create awkward situations . inept often implies complete failure or inadequacy . gauche implies the effects of shyness, inexperience, or ill breeding .

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