One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘her little contretemps with Terry’
argument, quarrel, squabble, altercation, clash, fight
disagreement, difference of opinion, dispute, dissension
informal tiff, set-to, run-in, spat
British informal row, barney
British informal afters
Scottish informal rammy
2‘there was one last contretemps before the end of the night’
mishap, misadventure, accident, mischance, unfortunate occurrence, awkward moment
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