Grammar: Fashion used as "I guess"

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    Sep 12, 2013 5:35 PM GMT
    The word fashion can be used in a down-home, mature-elder sort of way to mean "I guess," yes? Or am I confusing that usage? This is a paragraph of an Amish father talking about his son:

    "Jacob has been up to his own lately. Sarah may have told you about Rumspringa. Fashion he wants to experience a bit of the outside, but he'll need to catch up on his chores here as well. It's family that makes us strong, and our hope is we taught him the value of that."
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    Sep 12, 2013 5:43 PM GMT
    Sounds about right. "I guess" or "I reckon."
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    Sep 12, 2013 5:55 PM GMT
    Assume
    Imagine
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    Sep 12, 2013 5:55 PM GMT
    If you say so. The only similar phrase that I've heard is "I fancy," which I always thought was sort of a low-brow contraction of "fantasize." But I don't really know.
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    Sep 12, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    Slip Mahoney's rural cousin?
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    Sep 12, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidIf you say so. The only similar phrase that I've heard is "I fancy," which I always thought was sort of a low-brow contraction of "fantasize." But I don't really know.

    I also assumed that it was an antiquated form of "I fancy" (which is not really used in Canadian parlance either), but I'm younger so I thought maybe it was just obsolete to my generation.