look up any word, like ratchet:
 
1.
A scale used to measure the awkwardness of a situation. The Fitzgerald Scale is divided into ten subunits, called 'Geralds'. Each Gerald is in turn divided into ten Subgeralds, which gives 100 possible levels of awkwardness. One Gerald is a commonly awkward level, where a ten Gerald situation would be a scarring event.
Man, the atmosphere of that party was off the Fitzgerald scale when we decided to leave
by Reality 2.0 October 19, 2011