Du coup

Du coup
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French Expression

Meaning as a result, so
Literally of the blow
Register normal, informal
Pronunciation French sound files [du coo]
IPA   [dy ku]

Usage notes: I never learned the French expression du coup in school, so it was somewhat shocking to arrive in France and hear it everywhere.* It’s used far more often than donc, the word I tend to (over)use when talking about cause and effect.

Par exemple…

Il y a un problème avec l’avion et du coup le vol est en retard.   There’s a problem with the plane and as a result the flight is late.
J’ai perdu mon livre, du coup je n’ai pas pu faire mes devoirs.   I lost my book, so I couldn’t do my homework.
Tu n’as pas fini ton dĂ®ner. Du coup, pas de dessert pour toi !   You didn’t finish your dinner. So no dessert for you!

Synonyms

  • ainsi – thus, so
  • alors – so
  • c’est pourquoi – that’s why
  • donc – so, therefore
  • en consĂ©quence – consequently
  • par consĂ©quent – consequently
  • pour cette raison – for that reason
  • voilĂ  pourquoi – that’s why

* Apparently it’s somewhat shocking to some French people, too. Author Claudine Chollet calls it

un virus [qui] contamine toutes les conversations [….] C’est en rĂ©alitĂ© un outil de manipulation intellectuelle.
“a virus that contaminates all conversations…. What it really is is a tool for intellectual manipulation.”
Source: Tordons le cou Ă  l’expression “du coup” !

Le Télégramme has a similar view:

[L]’expression se propage comme un virus, appauvrissant considĂ©rablement le champ sĂ©mantique du langage oral….
"[T]he expression is spreading like a virus, considerably impoverishing the semantic field of spoken language….
Source: «Du coup». Un vilain tic de langage

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