christina (xchristinax) wrote in linguaphiles,
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So, I work in a hospital in Chicago, IL. I talk to a lot of patients, and I'd say about 90% of them are African American/Black. Today, I heard a phrase I've never heard used in this way before. I asked a middle-aged black woman how long it had been since she had quit smoking and she said "I haven't smoked in a minute... around 5 years." She used the phrase "in a minute" at another point to describe the fact that she hadn't done something in a while.

Has anyone ever heard that phrase used in that context before? If so, what were the demographics/hometown/etc of the person who said it? I'm trying to figure out if this maybe is from AAVE, or if it's just her misunderstanding a phrase.. but I suspect it's not just her, because the meaning of the phrase is pretty clear.
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