National Awkward Day

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Welcome to the wonderfully awkward world of National Awkward Day! Prepare yourself for an amusing exploration of all things cringe-worthy and socially uncomfortable. Whether you're prone to quirky mishaps or simply enjoy the awkward encounters of others, this day is sure to leave you feeling delightfully awkward.

When is Awkward Day?

It's national awkward day on the 18th March.

The Origins of National Awkward Day

National Awkward Day may not have centuries of tradition behind it, but it has certainly gained popularity in the age of the internet. With the rise of memes and viral videos showcasing awkward moments, it was only a matter of time before someone declared a day dedicated to embracing and celebrating those cringeworthy instances.

The earliest known mention of National Awkward Day can be traced back to March 18, 2017, where it garnered 61 online mentions. This day quickly gained traction, with people sharing their own awkward stories and relatable moments across social media platforms.

Embracing the Awkwardness

One of the best ways to celebrate National Awkward Day is by embracing the discomfort and sharing your own awkward moments. Take a moment to reflect on that time you tripped in public or said something unintentionally awkward. Share your stories with friends, loved ones, and even strangers online. You'll quickly realize that awkwardness is a universal experience, and laughter truly is the best medicine.

For those seeking a more interactive way to celebrate, consider hosting an Awkward Olympics with your friends. Create a series of hilariously awkward challenges, such as attempting to hold a conversation without using your hands or feet, or attempting to eat spaghetti with chopsticks. The possibilities are endless!

Did You Know?

Did you know that awkward moments can actually be beneficial? Research suggests that embracing awkwardness can lead to increased creativity and problem-solving abilities. So, the next time you find yourself in an awkward situation, try to see it as an opportunity for growth and development.

History behind the term 'Awkward'


Etymology of 'awkward'

The term 'awkward' originated in the early 16th century from the Middle English word 'awk' meaning 'turned the wrong way' or 'turned back' combined with the suffix '-ward' which denotes direction or position. Initially, it referred to something or someone clumsy or in a state of confusion.

18th century

Social Awkwardness

In the 18th century, 'awkward' began to be associated with social situations. It was used to describe individuals who displayed socially uncomfortable or clumsy behavior. This connotation gained popularity as society became more concerned with proper etiquette and polished manners. Being labeled as 'awkward' became a negative assessment of one's ability to navigate social interactions smoothly.

19th century

Awkward Silence

During the 19th century, the phrase 'awkward silence' emerged. It referred to a moment of uncomfortable or uneasy silence in a conversation or social gathering. This concept highlighted the importance of maintaining continuous conversation and avoiding uncomfortable pauses, further cementing the notion of social awkwardness in public settings.

20th century

Cultural Influence of Awkwardness

In the 20th century, the concept of awkwardness became more widely recognized and discussed. It found its place in literature, theater, and later in film and television. Characters who embodied awkwardness gained popularity as audiences could relate to their humorous or relatable struggles. The cultural impact of awkwardness has resulted in the proliferation of awkward humor and the acceptance of social awkwardness as a common trait among individuals.

21st century

Awkward in the Digital Age

With the rise of the internet and social media, the term 'awkward' has taken on new meanings and uses. Memes and viral videos featuring awkward moments have become immensely popular, further contributing to the pop culture phenomenon surrounding awkwardness. 'Awkward' is now infused into everyday language and is often used to describe any situation, interaction, or behavior that feels uncomfortable, embarrassing, or out of place.

Did you know?

Did you know that awkward moments can actually be beneficial? Research suggests that embracing awkwardness can lead to increased creativity and problem-solving abilities.


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First identified

18th March 2015

Most mentioned on

18th March 2017

Total mentions


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