askew

Although it sounds like a sneeze, the word askew means lopsided or turned and tilted to the side. Like your glasses might be after, well, a sneeze.

The movie “Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events” tells the story of three orphans and their struggle to escape their wicked guardian, Count Olaf. In the story, the orphans are sent to stay with their Aunt Josephine, whose house sits perilously on the edge of cliff over a leech-infested lake. The floor of Josephine’s house is at an angle, pictures hang off-center, and in fact everything appears to be tilted and wildly askew, including their aunt’s mental condition.

Definitions of askew
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adv turned or twisted to one side

“rugs lying askew
Synonyms:
awry, skew-whiff

adj turned or twisted toward one side

Synonyms:
awry, cockeyed, lopsided, skew-whiff, wonky
crooked
having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned

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