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I aim to use this blog to keep up my English and maybe give others some insights in Swedish language. It's not a diary - well not quite...

Gaffel

Verktyg/ToolsPosted by Gunvor 2011-07-27 10:20:40

Gaffel is ‘fork’. This is en högaffel – 'a hay-fork'. Gaffel is a loan from Low German gaffel (German Gabel, Angelsaxon geafl). Origin unclear but it could be a loan into West Germanic from Celtic (Irish gabul, ‘fork’, ‘forked branch’), or a derivative from Germanic gab, Old English gaffe, ‘hook’ (from which Modern English gaffe, ‘blunder’).

Fork comes from Latin furca, ‘hay-fork. Bifurcation is when something (e.g. a river or a blood vessel) splits in two.