lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
awkward mix of supreme talents, James, Wade and Bosh now complement one another with remarkable grace.
—New York Times (May 4, 2014)
From Old Norse
Öfugr, which meant "turned backward."
a spring that discharges hot water and steam
Random explosions of noise erupt like
geysers spouting at will.
—BBC (Apr 12, 2014)
Geysa, "to gush" gave English a noun
irritate or vex
irked by the foreign policy shift since Rouhani was elected in June, have repeatedly criticized the deal.
Reuters (Feb 10, 2014)
Yrkja , a verb meaning "to work."
Every player participates in clinics, like the one on Wednesday, which was free, to
kindle interest in a potential fan base.
—New York Times (Apr 17, 2014)
kynda, "to light a fire."
hot or warm and humid
It also works in warm,
muggy areas where air conditioning is a big portion of utility costs.
-Forbes (Jan 6, 2014)
muggy is an adjective, but its source
mugga was a noun, meaning "drizzle or mist."
We answered the students’ questions about character development and symbolism, while imagining our house
ransacked, stripped of valuables.
—Salon (Apr 12, 2014)
rannsaka "to search the house."
a slice of meat cut from the fleshy part of an animal
At Lucky's, a
steak worthy of The Flintstones comes with mashed Yukon potatoes and sage-spiked gravy.
-Southern Living (Apr 29, 2014)
The English noun
steak is derived from
steik, a verb meaning "to fry"
turn in a twisting or spinning motion
whirl gleefully around a flagpole that now flies the Russian flag.
—Slate (Mar 14, 2014)
hrvifla meaning "to go around."
frenzied as if possessed by a demon
And in 2009, Serena Williams famously went
berserk on a line judge at the US Open, threatening to shove a ball in an uncomfortable place.
—Salon (Feb 10, 2014)
From the noun
berserkr which literally meant "bear shirt" and came to mean "warriors clothed in bearskin."
an embarrassing mistake
"The Sleep-walkers" analyses the run-up to the war and paints a picture of
blunders and misunderstandings in the complexities of European imperial politics.
—BBC (Mar 2, 2014)
From the verb
blundra, "shut one's eye."