One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjectiveau fait with
Having a good or detailed knowledge of.‘you should be au fait with the company and its products’
familiar, acquainted, conversant, at home, up to date, up with, in touchView synonyms
- ‘Engineers in all sectors of industry must be completely au fait with the state of the art.’
- ‘For those of you not quite au fait with Surrealist parlour games, the term ‘exquisite corpse’ originates from the game more commonly known as Consequences.’
Mid 18th century: from French, literally ‘to the fact, to the point’.
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