Well, that's down to Americans 'simplifying' the language. Fixed meaning unmoveable has a long history starting at the late 14 century in English. Fixed meaning repaired probably came into use in the USA in the 1700sAnother one I noticed recently was people saying that an error in code was fixed, meaning that the bad behaviour remained intact and was unaltered, as opposed to the more common usage in bug tracking at least, in that the code had been fixed, as in altered to improve its behaviour. Maybe I should have paid more attention to the case used, but it caused me a double take at least.
As a Southerner, I completely understand the meaning of fixing to. It means I'm getting ready to do something. But what I don't understand is where this rather unusual usage of fix comes from. Noth...
The confusion puts readers in a fix, which can be fixed-up by using context to fix the correct meaning in the reader's mind. We need someone clever to fix the fix we find ourselves in.
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I agree: there is much to learn/copy/appropriate/steal from other cultures and languages.I think that's the case for most countries, regarding how world maps are drawn (and especially for any resident "flat earthers").
It's healthy in my opinion to attempt to learn about (an) other culture(s) and language(s). I find language and derivation fascinating, and how much language can reflect the (ancient) culture in many ways.
On a personal level, it is quite odd: I have a noticeably different character when I speak French compared to when I speak English.