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    Long live awkwardness?

    Hello all forum members!

    Suppose that you want to help your better half make cheese cake. You are about to put one of metal mixers into the socket of the into the device when all of a sudden oops it slips out of your hand and falls to the kitchen floor.

    I would like to complain to her about my awkwardness.

    What is the English for such reaction?

    Long live awkwardness!

    What do you think?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Long live awkwardness?

    It's comprehensible but not very natural. An American might say I'm such a klutz! "Klutz" is a Yiddish word for "clumsy person" that has entered American English.
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    Re: Long live awkwardness?

    Could I say "I am such a failure"?

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    Re: Long live awkwardness?

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Could I say "I am such a failure"?
    You could, yes. The "klutz" expression is very natural American English for your situation.
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    Re: Long live awkwardness?

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello all forum members! Unnecessary.

    Suppose that you want to help your better half make cheese cake a cheesecake. You are about to put one of metal mixers into the socket of the into the device (the underlined part doesn't make sense. There is, at least, a word missing) when all of a sudden, oops, it slips out of your hand and falls onto the kitchen floor.

    I would like to complain to her about my awkwardness.

    What is the English for such a reaction?

    Long live awkwardness!

    What do you think?

    Thank you. Unnecessary. You can thank us after we help you by clicking on the "Thank" button.
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    Re: Long live awkwardness?

    I would use the word clumsy.

    How clumsy of me. I'm so clumsy. That was clumsy...etc.
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    Re: Long live awkwardness?

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Could I say "I am such a failure"?
    'Failure' is much too strong a word, generally.

    Perhaps a long history of small mistakes in the kitchen, coupled with a loving understanding of your many successes in other areas, would make a joking statement such as, 'I guess I'm just a failure in the kitchen!' natural enough.
    Last edited by J&K Tutoring; 04-Nov-2017 at 09:47.

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    Re: Long live awkwardness?

    Right—followed by 'I'd better keep out of it and leave all the kitchen stuff to you, dear'.

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    Re: Long live awkwardness?

    If I was the guy, I'd probably choose to say something like:

    1. Sorry dear, I'm acting like an elephant.
    2. Sorry honey, I behave like a bull in a china shop.
    3. ...
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    Re: Long live awkwardness?

    coolfool, please read this extract from the forum's Posting Guidelines:

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