faux-pas

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.

Origin:
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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faux pas
1670s, from Fr., lit. "false step."
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