Gaucherie is behavior that is awkward, tactless, or crude.
go shuh REE
Part of speech:
Both a countable noun ("a gaucherie," "two gaucheries," "lots of gaucheries")
and an uncountable noun ("the gaucherie," "some gaucherie," "a display of gaucherie.")
The adjective is "gauche,"
pronounced "GHOSH," like "go" with "sh" at the end.
How to use it:
Talk about someone's gaucherie or the gaucherie of someone. Or, talk about committing gaucheries, being ashamed at your own gaucherie(s,) apologizing for your gaucherie, and so on.
Add an adjective if you like: shy gaucherie, shocking gaucherie, pitiable gaucherie, unbearable gaucherie, etc.
If a young kid asks "Why is your skin that color?" then it's curiosity, but if an adult asks it, it's gaucherie.
If I remember some of my past gaucheries right before trying to go to sleep, I'll stay up for way too long trying to imagine how I could have avoided them.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "gaucherie" means when you can explain it without saying "social awkwardness" or "tactlessness."
Think of a person or place that influenced your social skills, for better or worse, and fill in the blanks: "_(Doing or saying a certain crude or awkward thing)_ was a gaucherie that I (unlearned/picked up) when _____."
Example: "Getting angry at people who asked me the same question over and over was a gaucherie that I unlearned when I started my first real job and had to work patiently with the general public."
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1. The opposite of GAUCHERIE is
2. There's a certain gaucherie in the way she _____.
A. arrives either right on time or a little bit early
B. cleans her glasses elaborately right before pausing to state a main point
C. answers questions factually instead of using them to let conversation flow
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