I was wondering if I could use the word "fork out" in the following context, implying that a person doesn't wish to spend a lot of money.

If you don't feel like forking out, we could go to a cheaper joint.

Or is this word only used to emphasize reluctancy? Which word could you use to replace it, then, in order to communicate the above-said properly?


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    Splurge - to spend (money) lavishly or ostentatiously. Although idiomatic fork out usually implies reluctance, it doesn't have to. Jul 6, 2016 at 12:35
  • I'm sorry but you never said if my sentence was correct or not.
    – Oleg M
    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:44
  • This site (ELU) is for linguists, etymologists, and (serious) English language enthusiasts. Proofreading is Off Topic anyway, but if you're asking for help on basic vocabulary/grammar, you should be using English Language Learners. Jul 6, 2016 at 12:57
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    My question concerns the usage of the word "fork out". I asked if I used it correctly. Some are too snobbish on this site. Thanks for nothing.
    – Oleg M
    Jul 6, 2016 at 13:06
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    I didn't ask for proofreading. I only asked if the word I'd used was good for the context. Thanks, anyway.
    – Oleg M
    Jul 6, 2016 at 13:20

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To answer your question, in idiomatic English I maintain that if the sentence (or fragment of a sentence ) is successful in conveying the intended meaning, it is allowed. It may not be grammatically proper, but languages evolve.

I will not attest to the etymology of 'fork out', but it may refer to the act of 'forking out' manure on a farm. Both connote an undesirable task, but as mentioned above, 'fork out ' when purchasing is not necessarily negative or reluctant, but may be the result of colorful, local slang.

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