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"Awks. It’s one thing for a government to offer a £61m-off-the-books sweetener to reassure Nissan that Brexit wasn’t going to be such a big deal and it was fine for the Japanese carmaker to manufacture its new X-Trail model at its Sunderland plant."

(The Guardian.)

Is "Awks" a noun in the paragraph above meaning "embarrassment", "awkward situation"?

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It is an interjection. Like "Eek", "gosh", "woah" "oops" and others. It is not spelled as the usual "awk!"

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