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  • noun Plural form of awkwardness.


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  • Errors and awkwardnesses tend to be forgiven, because we know what the author is struggling towards better than they do.

    The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolaño – review

  • Simply avoiding awkwardnesses in communication (e.g. by changing the subject, foreclosing the conversation etc) is good for saving face but probably bad for long term language acquisition.

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  • The Philharmonic played willingly and in some cases beautifully, spreading a thick impasto of soft sound under the voices, or chopping into the drama with harsh wedges of percussion; but there were rawnesses and slight awkwardnesses that conveyed the sense that the music was still new to them.

    Le Grand Macabre: Death, be not proud

  • Because oh yes, having one escape, especially if I get pungent geez this bites the big balloon, revise it when your brain wakes up, asshat! would be as embarrassing as all the typos, awkwardnesses, and repeated words that DO get by.

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  • With the prospect of going back to kinksville with Sunil next weekend, I find myself thinking about its legion small awkwardnesses.

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  • In recent years, the restorative model has become more and more deployed in the Youth Justice System; and, in spite of some false starts and awkwardnesses, it is beginning to prove its worth.

    Prison Reform Trust Lecture 'Criminal Justice - building responsibility'

  • This leads to a number of awkwardnesses—for most of us come to sexual maturity within families, and therefore find ourselves experiencing the sometimes uncomfortable frictions of different and incompatible modalities of loving at work upon us.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Two, the most intimate friends in the world, can freely tell each other their faults, and even their crimes, but cannot possibly tell each other of certain little weaknesses; awkwardnesses, and blindnesses of self-love; to authorize that unreserved freedom, the relation between us is absolutely necessary.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Vices and crimes excite hatred and reproach; failings, weaknesses, and awkwardnesses, excite ridicule; they are laid hold of by mimics, who, though very contemptible wretches themselves, often, by their buffoonery, fix ridicule upon their betters.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • If he seems to understand what he says, by speaking it properly; if he is attentive to his part, instead of staring negligently about him; and if, upon the whole, he seems ambitious to please, they willingly pass over little awkwardnesses and inaccuracies, which they ascribe to a commendable modesty in a young and inexperienced actor.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman


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