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Posted by R. Berg on October 22, 2003

In Reply to: Fixed posted by Bob on October 22, 2003

: : How did the phrase "I got my pet fixed" come about when referring to getting an animal neutered when in fact the part being "fixed" is actually "broke" now?

: The dictionary lists about 15 meanings for "fix," only one of which is "repair."

I wasn't there when people started using "fix" that way, but I suppose it began as a euphemism. In generations past, people avoided revealing any facts about sex when children were present. Depending on local culture and so forth, "children" could include anyone under age 21 who wasn't married.