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Entry from July 01, 2021
“‘Fixin’ to’ is the state verb of Texas”

“Fixin’ to” has been used in the South since at least the 1840s. Many Texans use this figure of speech frequently.
       
“Fixin’ to - The state verb of Texas” was posted on Twitter by Kristy on July 18, 2008. “Contemplating how great it is to be back in Texas.  I heard the state verb today, ——‘fixin’ to’ ——and it made me smile” was posted on Twitter on Greg Sokolosky on August 10. 2009. “‘Fixin’ to’ the state verb of texas” was posted on Twitter by chriscastillo on October 28, 2009. “‘Fixin’ To…’ is The State Verb of Texas / Just learned something new today thanks to the recent issue of @TexasMonthly” was posted on Twitter by Stephanie D Molina on September 27, 2011. “‘Fixin’ to’: The state verb of Texas” was posted on Twitter by Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan on July 20, 2012.
       
“Fixin’ to is the national verb of Texas” was posted on Twitter by G&A Computers on March 29, 2011. “There is a tee shirt you can get that says: ‘FIXIN-TO’ THE NATIONAL VERB OF TEXAS” was posted on Twitter by Nancy Robison on July 9, 2012. “‘Fixinto’: The National Verb of Texas” was posted on Twitter by Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan on November 27, 2012.
   
“They were fixin’ to (‘the official verb of Texas’ ) take a dead center kill shot at these here Rangers” was printed in the Washington (DC) Post on October 25, 2011. “Bewley’s verbal prose includes ‘fixin to’ which is an official verb in Texas, he says #codrought” was posted on Twitter by Kirk Siegler on September 20, 2012. “The Case for ‘Fixin’ To’ as the Official Verb of Texas” was printed in the Texas Standard on March 12, 2015.
     
         
Twitter
Kristy
@ohyeahthat
Fixin’ to - The state verb of Texas.
8:39 AM · Jul 18, 2008·Twitter Web Client
     
Twitter
Greg Sokolosky
@GregSokolosky
Contemplating how great it is to be back in Texas.  I heard the state verb today, ——“fixin’ to” ——and it made me smile.
7:13 PM · Aug 10, 2009·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
chriscastillo
@chriscastillo
“Fixin’ to” the state verb of texas
4:01 PM · Oct 28, 2009·Twitter SMS
     
Twitter
Tiffany
@TiffDawn87
#nowreading 100 Great Things About Texas—# 9 “Fixin’ to” is the state verb
11:11 PM · Aug 6, 2010·Twitter SMS
 
Twitter
Will Dunlap
@Willdunlap37
“Fixin To” The state Verb of Texas.
5:18 PM · Sep 24, 2010·Twitter SMS
   
Twitter
G&A Computers
@gandawaco
Fixin’ to is the national verb of Texas.
4:12 PM · Mar 29, 2011 from Waco, TX·Twitter Web Client
     
Twitter 
Stephanie D Molina
@Beaumartian
“Fixin’ To…” is The State Verb of Texas / Just learned something new today thanks to the recent issue of @TexasMonthly
10:22 AM · Sep 27, 2011·TweetDeck
 
25 October 2011, Washington (DC) Post, “Miracle Cardinals running out of time” by Thomas Boswell, pg. D1, col. 1:
Why, they had their Redbirds all in a row. They were fixin’ to (“the official verb of Texas”) take a dead center kill shot at these here Rangers.
         
Twitter
Haley Bulls
@haley_bulls
“Fixin’ to”- The state verb of Texas.
12:22 PM · Dec 24, 2011·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
Nancy Robison
@napcat1947
Replying to @gaelynnwoods @gaelynnwoods @clive_sjohnson
There is a tee shirt you can get that says:
“FIXIN-TO”
THE NATIONAL VERB OF TEXAS
8:05 PM · Jul 9, 2012 from Mission Bend, TX·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan
@TexasHumor
“Fixin’ to”: The state verb of Texas.
8:01 PM · Jul 20, 2012·Hootsuite
 
Twitter
Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan
@TexasHumor
“Fixin’ to”: The state verb of Texas.
9:45 PM · Sep 4, 2012·Hootsuite
   
Twitter
Kirk Siegler
@KirkSiegler
Bewley’s verbal prose includes “fixin to” which is an official verb in Texas, he says #codrought
11:23 AM · Sep 20, 2012·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter     
Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan
@TexasHumor
“Fixinto”: The National Verb of Texas
6:40 PM · Nov 27, 2012·Twitter Web Client
     
Twitter
Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan
@TexasHumor
Fixin to: The national verb of Texas
12:34 AM · Jan 5, 2013·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan
@TexasHumor
Fixin’ to: The National verb of Texas
12:00 AM · Jan 19, 2013·Hootsuite
 
Twitter
Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan
@TexasHumor
Fixin’ to: The National verb of Texas
10:16 PM · Aug 14, 2013·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
Texas State of Mind
@TexaStateofMind
Fixin’ to – the state verb of Texas
9:25 AM · Sep 24, 2013·Hootsuite
   
Twitter
Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan
@TexasHumor
“Fixin to”: The National Verb of Texas
7:46 PM · Dec 30, 2013·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan
@TexasHumor
Fixin to: The state verb of Texas.
10:03 PM · Mar 4, 2014·Buffer
 
Twitter
Texas Forever
@CauseWereTexas
Fixin’ to…the national verb of Texas.
1:44 AM · Jul 2, 2014·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter     
Rebecca Creek Distillery
@RCDistillery
“Fixin to”... The National Verb of Texas. #TXWhiskey
5:52 PM · Jul 7, 2014·Sprout Social
 
Twitter
Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan
@TexasHumor
“Fixin’ to”: The state verb of Texas.
12:11 AM · Aug 17, 2014·Buffer
 
Twitter
Colin Sydes #FBPE #FBPPR
@SydesJokes
The State Verb of Texas [picture]  via
@SydesJokes
10:01 AM · Sep 5, 2014·Hootsuite
         
Texas Standard
The Case for ‘Fixin’ To’ as the Official Verb of Texas
“Fixin’ to” is the official verb of Texas. For many of us, it is the default verb for anything to do with the near future.

By W.F. Strong
March 12, 2015 9:08 am
 
KUT 90.5
The Case for ‘Fixin’ To’ as the Official Verb of Texas
KUT 90.5 | By W.F. Strong
Published March 12, 2015 at 3:14 PM CDT
From Texas Standard:
“Fixin’ to” is the national verb of Texas. Certainly you find it in use in other states, but it is particularly pervasive in Texas.
 
For many of us it is the default verb for anything to do with the near future. And most of us replace that final “o” with an “a”– as in, Fixin’ Ta. As my mom would say, “I’m fixin’ ta vacuum in there, so y’all don’t get too comfortable.”
     
Google Books
Y’all:
The Definitive Guide to Being a Texan

By Jay B. Sauceda
Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith
2016
Pg. 70:
The phrase “fixin’ to” is what we like to call the national verb of Texas. It serves two roles in our language. It helps us express either our intention to do somethin’ or describes somethin’ we are about to do in the very near future. Masterin’ the usage of this verb phrase will ensure safe passage throughout much of the South, as we are not the only ones to put it to good use.
 
Twitter
Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan
@TexasHumor
Fixin to: The state verb of Texas.
10:03 PM · Mar 16, 2015·Buffer
 
Twitter
Bekki Reyes-Germany
@BekkiRGermany
Texas: Fixin’ To . . . The State Verb Of #Texas
8:32 AM · Apr 4, 2016 from Lubbock, TX·Twitter for Android
 
Twitter
Ain’t Flexin’, just Texan
@TexasHumor
“Fixin’ to” = the statewide verb of Texas.
9:02 PM · May 6, 2017·Buffer
     
Twitter
Everything Texas
@texasforevertwt
“Fixin’ to” = the statewide verb of Texas.
3:12 PM · May 21, 2017·Twitter for Android
   
Google Books
Stories from Texas: Some of Them Are True
By W.F. Strong
Fort Worth, TX: Berkeley Place Books
2018
Pg. 15:
THE NATIONAL VERB OF TEXAS
“Fixin’ to” is the national verb of Texas. Certainly you find it in use in other states, but it is particularly pervasive in Texas. For many of us, it is the default verb for anything to do with the near future. And most of us replace that final “o” with an “a”:“Fixin’ ta.”
 
Twitter
Jann Alexander
@JannAlexTX
“‘Fixin’ to’ is the national verb of Texas.”
This one excerpt from ‘Stories from Texas: Some of Them Are True’ by
@WFStrong
sums up everything about #Texas
https://buff.ly/2tyEnfK
#amreading
4:01 PM · Jun 26, 2018·Buffer
       
Twitter
Weekend Unwind
@WeekendUnwind
Texas Tweet Storm.
The national verb of Texas: “fixing’ to”
Used in a sentence: I’m fixin’ to eat dinner.
#Texas #Christmas #WINTER
4:49 PM · Dec 25, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
   
Twitter
TxDOT
@TxDOT
In our beautiful state, where “fixin to” is the official state verb and “all y’all” is the plural of “y’all”, we’re celebrating Texas Independence Day. We hope all y’all are fixin to honor your fellow Texans by driving friendly. #BeSafeDriveSmart #EndTheStreakTX
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10:10 AM · Mar 2, 2021·Hootsuite Inc.
 
Twitter
Diana Endsley
@dcme1961
Replying to @RickSanford17
I still say that all the time. Fixin to. The national verb of Texas. Zany face
7:32 PM · May 26, 2021·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
El Arroyo
@ElArroyo_ATX
Fixin’ to have myself a weekend!
(The following text is shown on the restaurant’s sign.—ed.)
“FIXIN TO”:
THE STATE
VERB OF
TEXAS
2:51 PM · Jul 1, 2021·Twitter Web App

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