What is a faux pas? –
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A faux pas is where someone makes an embarrassing mistake in a social situation.
A faux pas can also be used to describe something that is not following social expectations and good manners.
A faux pas is not always on purpose, but it often has an element of social embarrassment or humiliation associated with it.
A faux pas can be anything from a simple mistake, to something that can cause major embarrassment for the person who committed it.
Faux pas as a French phrase 🥖
“Faux pas” is a French phrase.
People who speak English still use the phrase “Faux Pas”, despite it not being English.
Faux pas means “false step” in English.
Examples of faux pas in the UK/USA 🏛️🗽
A faux pas in the UK or USA could include things like:
- Burping in public
- Saying something rude
- Falling over in front of someone important
- Accidentally offending someone
- Sneezing on someone
- Being sick in front of someone important
- Damaging someone’s belongings by accident
- Swearing or using bad language in formal situations
Faux pas across different countries 🌍
Different countries have different social rules and expectations. This means that a faux pas in one country, might not be a faux pas in another country.
An example of this could be things like smiling at strangers –
In Korea, smiling at strangers could be considered rude and therefore a faux pas, whereas in the USA/UK it could be seen as a friendly gesture.
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