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Irish/ living in the United States
I have researched this word on this site so I know what it means. My question is: is the word used in everyday french or and is it appropriate to use it in general conversation among friends. Would it be one of those words that only foreigners use out of context.
I spent six years in France and never heard it once but I would like to incorporate it into my vocabulary with the confidence that I am not making an ass of myself.
  • helene james

    Senior Member
    To my understanding, it is not a rare or awkward word and even though we might not use it so often, it can absolutely be used in conversation, depending a lot on the context of course, regarding a route , a short-cut for instance...


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    US - American English
    Il était dans l'enseignement, puis il a bifurqué dans le social. I think.
    This of course would not work with the English word 'bifurcate.' In English that would imply that he was doing both at once.

    Except perhaps to Yogi Berra, who famously said, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it!"
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