Faux pas [foh pah] Have you been berated for wearing black shoes with a brown belt? If you've ever been guilty of a physical and orthographic "party foul," you've committed a faux pas. Literally translated from the French meaning "a false step," a faux pas can be any embarrassing social blunder on the page or off. So now that you've been introduced to all our blunders, flip to the next slide to find the word that describes them all.
This common casual variation of yes arose in the early 20th century in America. It is likely a drawled version of its formal cousin. Since the 1980s, its usage has risen dramatically, more than three times its previous usage.