On Awkwardness

It’s unbearable, hilarious, ancient, and everywhere, and we shouldn’t be afraid

By Christy Wampole

People have been awkward at least since the middle of the fourteenth century, when the word was coined in English. It means “moving in the wrong direction” (like “northward,” but awk + ward), zigging when a zag is in order. Even the spelling of “awkward” is…

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