AW makes the sound. It's like how you don't pronounce the H in that. But if it wasn't there it'd be tat which isn't the same. So you don't pronounce the first W it just is combined with the A. Without it, it'd be prounced ackward.
(when I said "H in that" I meant the H in the word "that.")
That would be awkward
that's why idiots spell it "akward"
Ackward sounds awkward.
I know, that's so akard.
but you mouth doesn't make the same shape as when you make the w sound (as in way). Its more like ahhhkward in my opinion