Where does fya come from?
Fya is based on the pronunciation of the word fire in varieties of Black English. It joins a number of heat-related slang terms expressing excellence, like hot, lit, being on fire, the Spanish fuego, and the fire emoji, 🔥, which fya is sometimes paired with online.
Both fya, and its more common variant fiyah, are found in Urban Dictionary in 2005, and usage of the terms most certainly predate those entries in speech. Fyah is also a common form of fire in Jamaican Creole, sometimes used for "marijuana."
Fya (or variants) is popular in music, as seen in will.i.am's 2017 track "Fiyah," featuring the chorus: "I'm on fiyah." Well over a decade before, the UK R&B group Faya punned on fire in their 2004 track "Too Hot." The band's original name was FYA, standing for "For Your Attention," an early internet acronym used in email.
Fya is also popular in fashion, as seen by Fya Mart, which provides human-hair products. The brand name doubles as an acronym for "For You Always."
Who uses fya?
In casual speech and writing, fya is occasionally used as a compliment for people, products, apparel—anything that has that cool factor and turns up the heat, metaphorically speaking. Its spelling as fiyah appears more commonly online.
#SWEATWITHJOY 💪The post-workout high is real! Today's facebook live workout was fya!! That sweat patch 👀😳😂 One day I might care about looking perfect and cute 🙄 but until then... Let's dance!😉😜 @koredebello @DONJAZZY @mavinrecords Issa chunneee 🎶#workit #workitdance pic.twitter.com/9GpoAkSguw
— The London Physio (@theldnphysio) April 7, 2018
Sending you all good vibes on this beautiful straight fiyah Wednesday❤💫🔥
— Breanna💖 (@BreannaHartley5) June 27, 2018
Me and my partner looking fya 🔥 last night with that Alaskan sun (that never) sets
@SadieLynnMarie, July, 2018
Shout out all the producer / artists that only show support in the dm talkin bout "bro people are sleepin on u.. ya beats are so fya".. and then ask me to send them samples / beats for free. p.s. kys
@jBreezeonthebeat, April, 2018
Awarded the best rapper across all universities in South Africa, Fya Philly has consistently proved what it takes to be one of the hottest up and coming artists in South Africa.
Mandisa Ntsinde, Zkhiphani, October, 2017