Faux pas

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A faux pas (/ˌfˈpɑː/ plural: faux pas /ˌfˈpɑːz/) is a socially awkward or tactless act, especially one that violates accepted social norms, standard customs, or the rules of etiquette.1

The expression faux pas comes from French, where it means "false step", "misstep" (in a physical as well as a figurative sense).2 It has been used in English for over 300 years.3 Synonyms in English include gaffe and (social) blunder. In popular 21st century American culture, faux pas also means a mistake (e.g. an anachronism) in a movie.

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