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faux pas

[foh pah] /foʊ ˈpɑ/
noun, plural faux pas
[foh pahz; French foh pah] /foʊ ˈpɑz; French foʊ ˈpɑ/ (Show IPA)
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
Origin of faux pas
1670-80; < French: literally, false step
error; impropriety. Unabridged
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faux pas

/ˌfəʊ ˈpɑː; French fo pɑ/
noun (pl) faux pas (ˌfəʊ ˈpɑːz; French) (fo pɑ)
a social blunder or indiscretion
Word Origin
C17: from French: false step
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faux pas


1670s, French, literally "false step."

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