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Tuesday, November 18, 2003


A couple days ago, the word of the day at was bifurcate." Im late, I know.

bifurcate \BY-fur-kayt; by-FUR-kayt\

transitive verb:
To divide into two branches or parts.

intransitive verb:
To branch or separate into two parts.

adjective \-kayt; -kit\:
Divided into two branches or parts; forked.

Then they go on to give several usage examples, most of which are literary.

There is another bifurcate, however, which I became well acquainted with while working in the law office: The bifurcated legal proceeding. Im specifically thinking about divorce proceedings where the actual dissolution is decided separately from the rest of the proceedings, i.e., property, custody, maintenance.

By the way, the word of the day can be grabbed in an aggregator, thus making learning new (and old) words virtually effortless: Word of the Day Feed. Not that that actually helps, as has been demonstrated here on many occasions.

Posted by Marie at November 18, 2003 11:35 PM


Thanks for the feed link! I never knew they had an RSS feed for this. It will certainly be a time saver!

Posted by: Jeff at November 19, 2003 10:36 AM

"Bifarcated" is most often used in criminal trials, where there is a guilt/innocence phase and then a punishment phase. Obviously the first has to result in a conviction for the second to occur, but there are. Two mini-trials within a trial.

Posted by: winter at November 23, 2003 8:30 AM