awkward age

awkward age

The period between childhood and adulthood, which many find to be the most difficult to navigate emotionally. I always cringe when I look back at the stuff I wrote during my awkward age, so full of angst and self-importance.
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the awkward age

adolescence.
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the ˈawkward age

the period when some young people have difficulties as they approach adult life: ‘Gary seems such a quiet boy.’ ‘Oh, he’s just at that awkward age — he’ll soon grow out of it.’
See also: age, awkward
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I can see how it is a great move for the younger girls, who are at that awkward age. I felt like I wanted to do sports, but I felt I looked like an idiot doing it in a headscarf."
At the awkward age of sixteen years, where we barely know ourselves, much less who we will be in several years time, a sizeable amount is spent so we can go to faraway lands, away from most of the people we know, immersing ourselves in a completely foreign culture.
Actress-producer Dia Mirza, 36, says she is perceived to be at an awkward age in the entertainment business.
For the competition - run in partnership with Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House - we are looking for fictional stories by unpublished writers of up to 2,000 words about this awkward age, with categories for both young people aged 16-25 and adults aged 26 and over.
For the competition - run in partnership with Viking - we are looking for fictional stories by unpublished writers of up to 2,000 words about this awkward age, with categories for both young people aged 16-25 and adults aged 26 and over.
The 5ft 10in teenager said: "It was really flattering to be scouted when I was 12 and it gave my confidence a big boost at what can be classed as an awkward age.
He is at that awkward age betwixt wanting to be like his dad and thinking the old man is a jerk.
In terms of the cultural zeitgeist, awkwardness has replaced irony as the default sensibility, argued Elif Batuman in a New Yorker essay titled "The Awkward Age" in September 2014.
As this second series begins, all is as it should be, with Freddie complaining he can't get an acting job because he's at an "awkward age".
As this second series begins, all is as it should be, with Freddie complaining that he can't get an acting job because he's at an "awkward age".
While there is much attention given to early childhood education and high schools, the breakfast pointed out the need to provide care and attention to middle school students, a group at an awkward age often neglected on the assumption that they are dealing with too many issues of growing up and that age is a "time to be survived."
Zaijian plans to focus more on his studies if he reaches the so-called awkward age in showbiz.
Adolescence is an uncomfortable time for everyone, but for those of us obliged to enter the work force at that tender, awkward age, it can involve a multitude of cringe-inducing tasks, from donning embarrassing uniforms to cleaning up animal excrement.