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Why is this not redirected to singular "crossroad"?
Boldklub-PJs 20:59, 20 June 2011 (UTC)


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Added today: "(nonstandard) A fork in the road." Equinox 21:09, 20 June 2011 (UTC)

It seems to me like a synonym for sense 3, the decision-point sense. And figurative doesn't mean nonstandard. The contributor must have been thinking that "Y" is not equal to "X" or that a dilemma is not the same as a trilemma. DCDuring TALK 21:18, 20 June 2011 (UTC)
I thought he/she intended a literal sense relating to physical roads. Equinox 21:24, 20 June 2011 (UTC)
Yes, I think the contributor meant a fork in a literal road, similar to sense 2, "an intersection of two roads". - -sche (discuss) 23:17, 20 June 2011 (UTC)
I've found two citations that refer to a fork (Nordyke and Thayne), and two that might be referring to a fork, or might be referring to an intersection (Dürrenmatt and Hobson). - -sche (discuss) 23:48, 20 June 2011 (UTC)
The Pol/Duerrenmatt quote seems good. The Hobson seems ambiguous. It might be construed figuratively or as a pun, some kind of comment on the volume of previous travel. DCDuring TALK 00:15, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
So, RFV-pass (using the 2005, 2010, and 1955 citations)? - -sche (discuss) 22:45, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
So passed. - -sche (discuss) 03:36, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

Years later: I am still dubious about these citations. Note that fork is defined as "to divide into two or more branches", therefore a "crossroads" where a trail "forks" may very well be a four-way split and not a two-way split. Equinox 22:50, 27 March 2016 (UTC)

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