Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
(a) faux pas
faux pasa faux pas
1) an embarrassing or impolite error made in a social situation
How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional MediumSocial
make a bit of a faux pas
'Faux pas' is a French term that is used in everyday English and refers to making a social or behavioural mistake- usually, one which causes embarrassment or causes offence. You can 'make a faux pas', or 'commit a faux pas'. This is a polite term used in both social and professional contexts.
Social Examples (Advance)
I made a bit of a faux pas at the dinner party by asking Jennifer how her husband was. I forgot they divorced last year!
Professional Examples (Advance)
Andrew put his foot in his mouth with a comment he made to the boss at the function. If he keeps making faux pas like that, he will never get promoted.
It was an unacceptable faux pas for Emily to be looking at her phone while John was giving his presentation. She really should have known better.
EnglishLogica® 2019. The content of this website is the intellectual property of Yashmi Consulting Ltd., and is intended for educational purposes only. This content is not to be used for commercial purposes without express permission from its copyright owners. Reproduction or embedding of this content on any media or platform will constitute copyright infringement.