Awkwardness


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Awkwardness

See also Ineptitude.
Clouseau, Inspector Jacques
bungling detective who inadvertently but always gets his man. [Am. Cinema: “The Pink Panther” in Halliwell, 565–566]
Crane, Ichabod
lanky Yankee schoolmaster who loves Katrina. [Am. Lit.: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]
Dobbin, Captain William
tall, uncouth, awkward fellow with large feet. [Br. Lit.: Vanity Fair]
Goofy
bumbling, awkward dog; originally named Dippy Dawg. [Comics: “Mickey Mouse” in Horn, 492]
Gringoire
a penniless, stupid, and oafish poet. [Fr. Lit.: The Hunchback of Notre Dame]
Li’l Abner
ungainly comic strip oaf with height of six foot three. [Comics: Horn, 450]
Small, Lennie
simple-minded, clumsy giant; parasite of George. [Am. Lit.: Of Mice and Men]
White Knight
falls off his horse every time it stops. [Br. Lit.: Lewis Carroll Through the Looking-Glass]
References in classic literature ?
The lips of Elizabeth moved, but they moved in vain and accustomed as she was to the service of the churches of the metropolis, she was beginning to feel the awkwardness of the circumstance most painfully when a soft, low female voice repeated after the priest,” We have left undone those things which we ought to have done.
As to your foolishness and awkwardness, my dear Fanny, believe me, you never have a shadow of either, but in using the words so improperly.
Agnan allowed himself to be hoisted on board, not without sporting a little fear and awkwardness, to the amusement of the young beach-urchins who watched him with their large intelligent eyes.
He was not shy, and so far as awkwardness proceeds from a struggle with shyness, he was not awkward; grave, attentive, submissive, often silent, he was simply swimming in a sort of rapture of respect.
With these supports, she hoped that the acquaintance between herself and the Crofts, which, with Lady Russell, still resident in Kellynch, and Mary fixed only three miles off, must be anticipated, need not involve any particular awkwardness.
she exclaimed, with a painful sense of the awkwardness of having to thank him just then.
His awkwardness is resented as insolent carelessness, and when, terror-stricken at the first word addressed to him, the blood rushes to his head and the power of speech completely fails him, he is regarded as an awful example of the evil effects of giving way to passion.
He supposed it was his natural awkwardness that made him feel so.
In addition to what has been already said of Catherine Morland's personal and mental endowments, when about to be launched into all the difficulties and dangers of a six weeks' residence in Bath, it may be stated, for the reader's more certain information, lest the following pages should otherwise fail of giving any idea of what her character is meant to be, that her heart was affectionate; her disposition cheerful and open, without conceit or affectation of any kind -- her manners just removed from the awkwardness and shyness of a girl; her person pleasing, and, when in good looks, pretty -- and her mind about as ignorant and uninformed as the female mind at seventeen usually is.
I do not know why he had begun the story against himself; he felt an awkwardness at finishing it.
Philip thought this answer would cause the boy a certain awkwardness, but Venning was not to be turned from his facetiousness for so little.
Prince Andrew, who had evidently wished to tone down the awkwardness of Pierre's remarks, rose and made a sign to his wife that it was time to go.