faux pas

[foh pah]
noun, plural faux pas [foh pahz; French foh pah] .
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.

1670–80; < French: literally, false step

error; impropriety.
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faux pas (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑː, French fo pɑ)
n , pl faux pas
a social blunder or indiscretion
[C17: from French: false step]

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Word Origin & History

faux pas
1670s, from Fr., lit. "false step."
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Example sentences
But he and some of his colleagues-clearly fearful of committing a legal faux pas-often seemed evasive.
Soon there will be a new faux pas du jour: eating the endangered swordfish.
People with disabilities are people, subject to all the human idiosyncrasies and faux pas you see around you every day.
But if you're not confident about how he'll handle the pour, this is a point where you can head off a faux pas.
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