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Wht is a foux pas?

Asked by gaya, 18 Jun '08 03:57 pm
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I believe you meant to type 'faux pas' which is a French term pronounced as 'fau pa'. The term, in French literally means a false step but when used in English it refers to a blunder, especially a social blunder.
Answered by Zeus, 24 Jun '08 12:41 pm

 
  
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A faux pas 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. For example, in English-speaking Western countries, it is sometimes considered a thoughtful gesture to bring a bottle of wine when going to someone's house for dinner. In France, however, if the dinner is a bit formal, this is considered insulting as it suggests the hosts are unable to provide their own good wine. To bring wine to the home of teetotalers might suggest ignorance, obstinacy, or ill intent.
Answered by Stone Heart, 18 Jun '08 03:59 pm

 
  
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It means not following the etiquettes in social gathering like farting, addressing juniors before seniors, calling a wrong designation etc. it is a huge list and is pronounced as foo-paa. for details search in www.wikipedia.com
Answered by andrewskelly, 18 Jun '08 04:01 pm

 
  
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