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gaffe (s) (noun), gaffes (pl)
1. A clumsy mistake or a breach of etiquette: Fred made a gaffe about Etta's new dress that embarrassed her.
2. A blundering social error; a "faux pas": Trisha realized that she had committed an embarrassing gaffe when she mispronounced the name of the diplomat's wife during the introduction.
3. A blatant mistake or misjudgment: It is a serious gaffe to forget to lock one's house when he or she leaves home.

A White House gaffe irritated diplomats who were forced to cool their heels.

Several foreign diplomats were mistakenly denied entry to the White House when they arrived for an annual reception, and though most finally made it in, a few left in anger.

—Compiled from an article by Brian Knowlton
in the International Herald Tribune;
Friday, October 8, 2010; page 10.
4. Etymology: the meaning of "blunder" is from about 1909, from French gaffe, "clumsy remark"; originally, "boat hook" from Old French gaffe, which came from Old Proven├žal gaf.
A foolish social error.
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A clumsy mistake.
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Diplomatic or clumsy social mistakes when saying or doing something that is not acceptable. (2)