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fina'

verb; blending and clipping
to prepare or plan to go somewhere or do something
 
Shortened speech to simplify the phrase “fixing to,” which carries the same meaning as fina. ‘Fixing to’ is a common phrase, especially in the southern US, that has been used for many years and is becoming more and more common in all age groups. The original meaning of the word ‘fixing’ is the act of repairing or mending, but its context has changed in this phrase. Thus, even before the clipping, the meaning of the original word had already been altered. Once the phrase was in place, it was clipped for simplicity but the meaning was retained.
Etymology : the words 'fixing' and 'to' are blended and then the combined word is clipped. Fixing from Latin: fixus 'to fix, fasten' Online Etymology Dictionary
Source : I’m fina leave my house in about ten minutes. University of Louisiana undergraduate (September 2008)
Last modified: 3 December 2008


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