The Tick (shanrina) wrote in linguaphiles,
The Tick

Spelling of "fixing to" and a word for someone who's always late

I'm writing a story in which the POV character speaks with a Southern accent, and I've got a couple of questions. At one point she uses the expression "fixing to," and I'm having trouble deciding whether to spell it in the text (narration, not dialogue) as "fixing to" or "fixin' to." So, for native Southern American English speakers, which one would you use in this situation?

Also, I've been racking my brain for days trying to come up with a word for someone who's always late to things. They're not slow and they don't really put things off, they're just people who are never really on time. The best I've come up with so far is "latenik," which might not actually be a real word (I can find other uses of it, but very few) and which is also kind of Yiddishy, when this character wouldn't be familiar with Yiddish at all. So, linguaphiles, is there another word for this? I'd especially like a word that's specific to the Southern dialect (I'm not getting too specific about this character's background except that she's from a part of the South where they say "fixing/fixin' to," so there's some flexibility). Thanks for any help!
Tags: american english, english, english dialects, theremustbeawordforit

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