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According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, what mishap is a motion out of time?

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Answer: a contretemps

According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the word contretemps denotes "a mishap" in English and "motion out of time" in French. It was coined by combining the Latin contra, against, with the French temps, time.


Really interesting, however, temps in French comes from tempus in Latin. This from an oldtimer who studied Latin.
George Wolf

My guess was anachronism. I suppose that's not always a mishap though.
Kristin_n_Alexander at

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