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Spotted in the wild:

  • Therefore, as far as Fox News is concerned, the guilt of these first to be court-martialed is a far-gone conclusion, in order for their ‘fair and balanced’ agenda to be successful. (ThatColoredFellasWeblog, May 19, 2004)
  • Whenever someone starts comparing the President to Hitler, it is a far-gone conclusion that reason has flown out the window. (Romantic Times forum, January 27, 2005)
  • As a resident, and knowing Illinois politics as I do, it has been a far gone conclusion that this is a very safe Kerry Blue State. (Watchblog, comment, June 10, 2004)
  • I am sure now, that if this were on the general ballot in November, the vote would’ve been much closer, and not a far-gone conclusion. (Watchblog, August 04, 2004)
  • What is only inferred in the article is that the study was based upon the assumption that global warming is a far-gone conclusion. (Slings and Arrows, April 08, 2003)

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| link | entered by Chris Waigl, 2005/08/06 |


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    Commentary by that colored fella , 2005/08/07 at 6:34 pm

    Upon arriving at boarding school, one fellow student pointed out my usage of the slang term ‘finnago’. Which was a further contraction of the phrase ‘fixing to go’, example of the laziness of local colloquialism, ‘Ebonics’ if spoken by a Black person. I came back to Chicago speaking a more precise version of the King’s English, or ‘talking White’ according to my jealous sister.

    Which may help explain the improper usage, having heard the term used far too frequently than having actually read it.

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    Commentary by Chris Waigl , 2005/08/07 at 7:10 pm

    Regarding the expression “finnago” mentioned by the first commenter, see Mark Liberman’s recent post Finna and tryna.

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