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Awry vs wry

Awry means not going to plan, amiss, off course, not in the correct position. Awry may be used as an adjective or an adverb.

Wry means twisted, as in a facial expression, or something perverse or amiss. Wry also describes dry or gently mocking humor. Wry is an adjective, the comparative and superlative forms may be spelled as wryer and wryest or wrier and wriest, the noun form is wryness. Both wry and awry are derived from the Old English word wrigian, which means to turn, move, bend.


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Examples

A pair of Singaporean newlyweds have turned to social media to share how their wedding photographs have gone awry, as a cautionary tale to other brides-to-be. (The Straits Times)

HYDERABAD: A burning desire to participate in a top television reality show cost 19-year-old Mohammed Jalaluddin his life, as a fire stunt captured on video turned awry and the boy ended up in flames. (The Times of India)

Nichols: Spieth’s swing goes awry in front of Austin following at Dell Match Play; why he thinks it could help him at Masters (The Dallas Morning News)

His condition led him to learn as much as he could about the body’s immune system and how it goes awry. (The Chicago Tribune)

Although the trajectory of Deutschland 83 is potentially apocalyptic and takes the morally compromised Martin to a very dark place mid-series, it’s shot through with a wry sense of humour that’s not typical of, say, German films that do well here – such as Das Boot, Downfall or the similarly Stasi-themed The Lives of Others. (The Guardian)

Mike De Kock-trained Ertijaal, a last-start fourth in the Dubai Turf behind Real Steel, was given a solid hitout after his arrival on Saturday night, with assistant trainer Trevor Brown giving a nod and a wry smile as he watched the gallop. (The South China Morning POst)

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