Sunday, April 24, 2016


Definition: (from
1. Often, curds. a substance consisting mainly of casein and the like,obtained from milk by coagulation, and used as food or made into cheese
2. any substance resembling this
3. Also called curd cheese. Chiefly Northeastern and Southern U.S. cottage cheese
4. the edible flower heads of cauliflower, broccoli, and similar plants
-verb (used with or without object)
5. to turn into curd; coagulate; congeal

"Would you like some lemon curd with your crumpet?"
"Curd is much more delicious than it sounds."

Word Origin: (from
"c. 1500, metathesis of crud (late 14c.), originally 'any coagulated substance,' probably from Old English crudan 'to press, drive,' from PIE root *greut- 'to press, coagulate,' perhaps via ancestor of Gaelic gruth (because cognates are unknown in other Germanic or Romance languages)."

Awkwardness rating: 5

Curd: sounds gross, tastes good. (

Monday, February 15, 2016


Definition: (from
1. an implement edged with rubber or the like, for removing water from windows after washing, sweeping water from wet decks, etc.
2. a similar and smaller device, as for removing excess water from photographic negatives or prints or for forcing paint, ink, etc., through a porous surface, as in serigraphy
-verb (used with object)
3. to sweep, scrape, or press with or as if with a squeegee
4. to force (paint, ink, etc.) through a screen in making a silk-screen print

"She'll need a squeegee to get all that makeup off of her face."
"The Williams sisters will not play on a tennis court that isn't properly squeegeed after a rainstorm."

Origin: (from
"'wooden scraping instrument with a rubber blade,' 1844, a nautical word originally, perhaps from squeege 'to press' (1782), an alteration of squeeze (v.). Later in photography, then window-washing."

Awkwardness rating: 7

The legendary squeegee. (

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Most Awkward Word of 2015: Fleek

It's that time of year again! Oxford Dictionary released their "Word of the Year 2015" list with several awkward options. My personal favorite is "fleek." I can't take myself, or anyone else, seriously when this word is used in conversation.

Definition: (from
-adjective, Slang. (usually used in the adjectival phrase on fleek)
1. flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.; looking great
2. perfect; flawless

"The posts on the Awkward Words Blog are on fleek!"
"After primping for two hours straight, Barbie was sure she looked on fleek."

Word Origin: (from Oxford Dictionaries)
"On 21 June 2014, a Vine user called ‘Peaches Monroee’— the online pseudonym of a young American woman named Kayla Newman from the Chicago area—uploaded a video in which she approvingly described her eyebrows as on fleek. Her video went viral and so did the phrase, surging on social media and making its way into the lyrics of songs by the likes of Nicki Minaj. It showed up on Oxford’s monitor corpus for the first time in October 2014, and peaked there just a few months later, in January 2015. That type of steep rise is often followed by a precipitous fall, as a novel slang word loses cachet and is abandoned, but on fleek has continued to register relatively steady use this year, suggesting that English speakers are not yet ready to let it go."

Awkwardness rating: 6

Don't worry, Andy, the AWB is here to help!