a faux pas

a faux pas

an embarrassing mistake made in public I realized I'd made a real faux pas by eating my soup with my dessert spoon.
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In other words, there is no such thing as a faux pas.
At least one of the two people involved in each session, one feels, must somehow have been c ommitting a faux pas just by being there, since the ethics of the artist-critic relationship predude not only having the body of the artist in view instead of the body of work but also any active participation by the critic in the artist's studio process (the disdain meted out in certain cirdes to the Color Field painters could be summed up in the charge that they let Clem tell them where to crop their paintings).
Carlos has built her theme on a foundation of national stereotypes and behavioral cliches, most of which more or less hold until she characterizes Australia as the "only true southern continent"--something of a faux pas in a colonized country anxious to get out from (down) under its peripheral relation to Europe and America.
Samples of Vice's priceless commentaries that skewer the fashion-challenged: The woman in the for is dubbed the "mind-blowingly hot" mistress of a dead Italian, while the young man is presumed a French Canadian whose "huge women's earrings" are a faux pas surpassed only by his mom's "biker shorts,"