contretemps \KAHN-truh-tahn\, noun;plural contretemps \-tahnz\:An inopportune or embarrassing situation or event; a hitch.example - horsebackriding diatribe \DAHY-uh-trahyb\, noun:a bitter verbal attack or speech It wasn't an argument, it was a diatribe. I've never seen anything like it. It's an insult to you (the jury). what i won't be doing anymore malapropism \mal-uh-PROP-iz-uhm\, noun:1. An act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, esp. by theconfusion of words that are similar in sound.2. An example of such misuse. At 15, Rachel, the whiny would-be beauty queen who "cares for naught but appearances," can think only of what she misses: the five-day deodorant pads she forgot to bring, flush toilets, machine-washed clothes and other things, as she says with her willful gift for malapropism, that she has taken "for granite."