MEANING: noun: Rudeness; tactlessness; clumsiness; awkwardness.

ETYMOLOGY: From French maladresse (clumsiness, tactlessness, awkwardness), a blend of maladroit (clumsy, tactless) + adresse (dexterity, skill). Earliest documented use: 1804.

MALA PRESS - bad publicity

MAL ADDRESS - where to Post Office brings letters to the ill

MALAY DRESS - "Pakaian is the word for clothing in the official language....The traditional attire of Malay men is called baju melayu, ... a loose tunic paired with trousers, [or for women] a sarong...known as sampin." -- Google Search