Green’s Dictionary of Slang

-a sfx

used to denote a colloq. or slangy pron. of:.

(a) have, e.g. coulda, musta, shoulda, woulda.

[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 29: Passing by a bunch of big operators who have just joined the I Shoulda Club.
[UK]P. Cheyney Dames Don’t Care (1960) 53: A pompadour that woulda made Marie Antoinette look like a big cheese.
[US]N. Algren Neon Wilderness (1986) 44: You shoulda seen him when the coppers bust it [i.e. a fight] up.
[US]Laurents & Sondheim West Side Story I i: You shoulda done worse.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Gone Fishin’ 183: Coulda bowled me over with a feather when I seen ’im haulin’ ’em in.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 76: If it was up to me they coulda buried you.
[US]J. Wambaugh Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 115: I shoulda put Boy George between those two gender benders.
[US](con. 1949) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 248: You had me dead to rights, right up on me. You coulda beat the hell out of me.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 176: He woulda been after your little ring-piece if he was still around.
[US]‘Dutch’ ? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] Coulda, shoulda, woulda dominated his thoughts.

(b) to, e.g. gonna, gotta, oughta, wanna.

[US]Noble Sissle ‘How Ya Gonna Keep ’Em Down on the Farm?’ [lyrics] How ’ya gonna keep them away from Broadway, / Jazzin’ around, / And paintin’ the town?
[US]H.C. Witwer Fighting Blood 64: I’m gonna slap you for a Chinese ash can and send you back to that slab in Jersey on a shutter!
[UK]G. Greene Brighton Rock (1943) 163: It oughta be on me [...] But I’m cleaned out.
[US]Louis Jordan ‘Reconversion Blues’ [lyrics] If someone say ‘for the duration’ Brother, I’m gonna blow my fuse.
[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 200: I never figured on getting hooked all the way. I was only gonna play it for a Pepsi-Cola kick.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 167: [He] is gonna get himself ass-deep in so much young Scotch that this palatial suite of ours better be able to float.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 66: Some Bureau guys are gonna burn in this thing and you’re gonna have to work with friends of theirs.
[US]Clown Dog Riot homepage [Internet] Clockin grips is cool... you oughta try it Josh, wuss.

(c) of, e.g. cuppa n., lotsa n., lotta n.