Faux Pas

A faux pas ( /ˌfoʊˈpɑː/ plural: faux pas /ˌfoʊˈpɑːz/) is a violation of accepted social norms (for example, standard customs or etiquette rules). Faux pas is used in most areas of the world. The term comes originally from French, and literally means "misstep" or "false step".

This expression is usually used in social and diplomatic contexts. The term has been in use in English for some time and is no longer italicised when written. In French, it is employed literally to describe a physical loss of balance as well as figuratively, in which case the meaning is roughly the same as in English. Other familiar synonyms include gaffe and bourde (bourde, unlike faux pas, can designate any type of mistake).

"Faux pas" also sounds similar to "Faut pas", which is French for "Must not", which coincidentally has similar meaning.

Other articles related to "faux pas":

Etiquette In Asia - Etiquette By Region - Philippines
... Moreover, allowing another to pay the bill without some customary protest is a faux pas ... Failing to make the proper introductions can also be a faux pas ... Coming to a party empty-handed is considered a faux pas ...
Etiquette In Asia - Etiquette By Region - Japan
... The knowledge that non-Japanese who commit faux pas act from inexperience can fail to offset the negative emotional response some Japanese people feel ... It is a faux pas to accept a gift when it is first offered and the giver is expected to offer it multiple times (usually 3 times) ... Blowing one's nose in public is a faux pas ...
Winged Word - F - Faux Pas
... A faux pas (French for false step) is a violation of accepted, although unwritten, social rules ... Faux pas vary widely from culture to culture and what is considered good manners in one culture can be considered a faux pas in another ...