PRONUNCIATION: (KON-truh-tan, kawn-truh-TAN), plural contretemps (-tanz)
the last syllable is nasal

MEANING: noun:
1. An unforeseen and unfortunate occurrence.
2. A disagreement or dispute.

ETYMOLOGY: Originally contretemps was a fencing term meaning a pass or thrust made at a wrong moment. From French contre- (against) + (time). Earliest documented use: 1684.

CONTRITE MPS - Truly sorry, Colonel, but we have to arrest you

WON'T RE: TEMPS - I refuse to hire short-term workers

CONTRE TEMPO - against playing the music that fast