Pardon My French

Which French phrase commonly used in English essentially means, "a social blunder?"

  • A. apropos
  • B. bon voyage
  • C. faux pas
  • D. laissez-faire

72% of players knew the correct answer: C., faux pas

Literally meaning a "false step," a faux pas is a socially awkward mistake, or error in etiquette, such as burping in public, or talking on a cellphone during a movie.


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Question of the Day: Pardon My French
Why do we commit a "faux pas" and not a "social blunder?" In this Flashcast, Murray and Tamika explore why English speakers use French words when referring to etiquette. We also invite listeners to share their own worst faux pas (the more embarrassing, the better!) on Twitter @AskQOTD.

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