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#1 2011-05-21 09:59:29

Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 353

Faux Paux

This for “faux pas” has an amazing number of hits. “Paux” isn’t a French word, as far as I know. Which isn’t very far.

PS It’s probably got mangled with “je ne peux pas”

Last edited by JuanTwoThree (2011-05-21 10:02:36)



#2 2011-05-21 13:47:08

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 971

Re: Faux Paux

Will wonders never cease. Possible scenario: Faux pas => Fox pas => Fox pox => Faux paux. That suggests that Faux paux stems from someone returning “fox pox” to its imagined roots.

BTW, your post leads directly to another poteaux rose/eggcorn for the archives, in the form of “a faut pas”. A faux pas is a false step; a faut pas is a “must not”.

The erudite polymath, Freeman Dyson, who is a mathematical physicist, and who I admire as a scholar and have learnt much about science from his writings, made such a faut pas in his essay
Archives of Iranian Medicine

Sorry to include the following, for completeness:

Les fauts pas ne sont pas à commettre en sa compagnie
Online fic

Des fauts pas, de la maladresse, des paroles incomprises !

See also faux » foe and faux pas » faux pax which seems directly pertinent:

I may be wrong but faux pax is probably the plural of faux pas
Perhaps the other way around – Faux pax is singular, faux pas is plural. My French is not that great.



#3 2011-05-21 19:11:28

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1812

Re: Faux Paux

Foo pah is my favorite variant. They all are self-iconic, which is always enjoyable.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#4 2011-05-22 16:21:03

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2211

Re: Faux Paux

I agree, an outstanding example of self-referential airudition.



#5 2011-06-21 18:48:03

Registered: 2007-06-08
Posts: 71

Re: Faux Paux

As I’ve said a few times before, I think it’s just bad spelling intensified by a foreign language.




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