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I grew up in FL, and my black teachers used a lot of these phrases...sm

Posted By: vb89 on 2007-04-19
In Reply to: I hear ya ............sm - MT20+

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this yet because every northerner I know has asked me about this..."I'm fixin'to" as in, "Get your shoes on, we're fixin' to go to church." 2 of my 5 elementary teachers were black, and they both used this phrase all the time, so it was perfectly normal to us. Those teachers weren't any less educated, they were just native southerners raised in segregated communities. My hometown was still segregated well into the '80s.
It's funny, half the phrases people are naming on here I wouldn't have thought were southern-specific, they're that common to me.

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(Forgot to say, 'type the phrases

Words and phrases advisories


Any time you give a word or phrase a dedicated short form (meaning a short form consisting of 2 or more letters) it automatically goes into the Phrases Advisory.

An entry with only one letter for a short form automatically goes into the Words Advisory.


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How does it work with typing common phrases,

But how does that work in relation to typing phrases that are common usage, the patient, return p.r.n., etc. 

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Abbrevs/Acronyms -- Let your Expander do the all cap work for you and use an x to show expanded versions. Example: Use copd for COPD but use copdx for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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I cannot tolerate the laziness of those phrases fixin and reckon!
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Think of common English phrases that you can add to your expansion software that you use quite often in MT reports such as "he has no significant" or "there are no significant" or "there was no significant," etc. :)

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You can type a few letters and see all phrases in the advisory or you can type a few letters and see a phrase, then a word, then a phrase. It all depends on the alpha order of your short forms so you are not going to get all phrases, then all words.

You can clear the option to sort by short form and use the frequency order instead, but I don't think that's what you want.

Unless a facility name accompanies the phrases you hear/type, you should not capitalize.
HPI General Surgery/GI Words and Phrases shows lower case also. nm