Carter reveals that Jay made weird, borderline mentorly calls to Kimmel long before the Conan contretemps began.
But the Web contretemps has had an impact all the same, particularly on the political right.
That seemed like it was the end of the matter but then new life was breathed into the contretemps on Monday.
1680s, "a blunder in fencing," from French contre-temps "motion out of time, unfortunate accident, bad times;" from Latin contra + tempus (see temporal). As a ballet term, from 1706; as "an unfortunate accident," 1802; as "a dispute," from 1961.