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awk sauce

adjective; compounding Compound of the words 'awkward' and 'sauce', with clipping of '–ward' from 'awkward'
awkward, uncomfortable; usually used to describe a social situation
 
Although it appears to be a noun, 'awk sauce' is in fact an adjective. 'Awk' is derived through clipping from the word 'awkward', and there appears to be no coherent reason for the addition of 'sauce', except possibly for the fact that it rhymes slightly and sounds somewhat like the term 'hot sauce', which often causes oral discomfort, a fact which contributes slightly to the meaning of 'awk sauce'.
Etymology : Compound of the words 'awkward' and 'sauce', with clipping of '–ward' from 'awkward'
Source : Interlocutor 1: “Oh my goodness, some old guy hit on me at the grocery store today!” Interlocutor 2: “Whoa. Awk sauce!” (Conversation between friends at Duncan College, February 2010)
Last modified: 9 December 2010