Faux pas

16th century French flag / source: Wikipedia
16th century French flag / source: Wikipedia

a slip or blunder in etiquette...

What on earth, you might ask? How do you pronounce it? What does it mean? Go ahead, google it or at least check the pronunciation… While looking for information for a new hub I ran across what was to me a very strange word or phrase – faux pas. You might be familiar with this term, especially if you are of French persuasion or ancestry. Its origin: 1670 – 80; < French, meaning: literally, a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct: an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion . Synonyms would be an error ; or impropriety . Remember, “You lie…” a few years back? You may be wondering, where are you going with this Sam or why the interest all of a sudden, and I must confess that I just ran across this term by accident actually, while doing research on ‘political correctness.’ Wondering why one political side or ideology always seems to get ‘plummeted’ by the other without any reprisal, depending of course on which media source one is watching and/or listening to at the moment. Of course the party in power would always appear to have the upper hand, though that doesn’t mean they are always necessarily right on all or even most accounts. I’m sure your opinion is possibly a little different from mine and that’s a good thing, that’s one thing that makes the American way the best political system in the world as I see it.

Does the constant bickering get to you?

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But, I digress! Coming back on subject, I wonder why there appears to be such a double standard in American Politics. Basically, one side must remain cautious and reserved in their comments and claims, while the other side seemingly ‘pours on’ the criticism and accusations, unconcerned and un-checked as to their candor and claims. Why is this, why the inconsistency? It doesn’t appear to be fair, but of course, what is fair, you say, in politics. The president is somehow allowed to persecute Mitt Romney unmercifully, just because he’s the president. What gives Obama the right to the degradation of his office all the while and not receive like criticism from the other side? He appears to even know what Mr. Romney’s intentions were long before this man even became the choice of the people to represent the opposing party. Yet, the president continues to find excuses for his actions or tries to always blame someone else for his inefficiencies. Poor old George Bush has received enough criticism I believe. Just because he was a good moral man doesn't give anyone the right to rip him to shreds for the last four years of his administration. I'm sure Bush made mistakes but don't you think it's about time the current president ‘mans-up’ and accepts some responsibility for what he's done or hasn't done during his term in office? Does he think he is due another term because of his accusations against his opponent or his own lack of accomplishments? He’s had his chance in my book and comes up lacking. Of course pointing fingers does change the subject as to your own accomplishments or inadequacies doesn’t it?

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he said, she said...

And what about someone who spent much of his time brushing shoulders with the notorious Tony Rezko, lived beside Bill Ayers and had dealings with the likes of Rod Blagojevich and Jon Corzine. That does not come across like some innocent little choirboy to me. Why should he and the democrats get to ‘lamb-blast’ the Republicans and then everyone just sorta’ forget his own past all the while and not expect some kind of rebuttal in return? I don’t go for this business, ‘you can’t say anything against the president all the while ‘partisan’ media portrays him like he’s all ‘lily white’ (no pun intended) and above any error or scrutiny. Hey, Obama came from Chicago for goodness sake, just like Al Capone. That ought to at least tell you something. Check out this link: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/13/Top-Ten-Felons-In-Obamas%20Life for a list of some of Obama's questionable ‘friends’.

The thought just ran through my mind as to how I would try to explain the phrase ‘Faux pas’ to my mom and dad if they were still livin’ and likewise caught up in all this political turmoil and name callin’. Now their answer would most likely be straight-forward and certainly not French by any stretch of the word. I can almost see the both of them as they wouldn't even bother to look up from their work and in response reply-- “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander…”

© 2012 SamSonS

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American Romance 4 years ago from America

Excellent hub and dead on! I realized what I always suspected yesterday when I heard Obama say small business didn't get there on their own. I realized liberals truly believe this. Hence they always refer to the rich getting that way off the backs of others. I find this utterly amazing! I got there on my own and have the story to prove it! Millions have also!


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

Excellent hub and dead on! I realized what I always suspected yesterday when I heard Obama say small business didn't get there on their own. I realized liberals truly believe this. Hence they always refer to the rich getting that way off the backs of others. I find this utterly amazing! I got there on my own and have the story to prove it! Millions have also!


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks so much American Romance for stopping by and commenting on my latest hub. I sincerely believe we need to re-evaluate our situation as a nation and vote to remove this harmful, harsh ideology that is causing such unrest and diversity...


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Samsons,

Thanks for the research and I loved the video.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I couldn't agree with you more. To accuse Romeny of committing a felony when factcheck.org and others have verified the factsdemeans the office of the president. It is the height of hypocrisy in my book. I think he is trying to keep on the attack so news agencies and people in general won't be talking about his long list of failures. He and Michelle have about a half a million in stock through Vangaurd I believe that includes numerous companies that outsource jobs to other countries. Of course, that is never mentioned. Great hub - up and awesome.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

*Thanks so much lifegate for your favorable comments...

*And thank you Pam for your encouraging remarks. One can readily see the main stream media are all bias and following the socialistic order tooth and nail. We must pray diligently and support Romney who is twice the man Obama is and will add dignity back to the office of President of the United States...


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molometer 4 years ago

I have to agree with you that this political correctness BS has got way out of hand.

As always you have written a humorous hub, with a serious message.

Let's have some balanced reporting for once. It would make a refreshing change to the mud slinging.

Voted up and interesting.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks molmeter for stopping by and commenting. I just wonder how many are being mislead and what is in store for America because of the media bias and deception...


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I like the way you look at the phrase and how it relates to politics. Very thought-provoking. Vote up and interesting.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Christy for for your visit and for your nice comment and ratings...


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tsadjatko 4 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Enjoyed reading this hub! I guess a Freudian slip (when you say one thing but mean your mother :-) could be a faux pas...


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you so much tsadjatko for stopping by and commenting. I notice more and more 'slips' as November looms nearer...


Vickiw 3 years ago

Amazing what research of two little words can produce! It is lovely to see how a Hub develops under the tender care and passion from a writer. Wonder what would happen if you were to become a speech writer for one of the high up ( no names here - let's be politically correct now) politicians. You could have a lot of fun with that. Very interesting Hub.


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samsons1 3 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thank you so much Vickiw for stopping by and commenting. You are right, these days we have to be careful with what we say especially here on HubPages, for fear it just might be taken the wrong way or offend someone even unintentionally. It wouldn't bother me, I guess I'm just 'tough-skinned'...

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