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Old 26.03.2011, 11:54
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'My bad'

Where did the saying 'my bad' spring from? I seem to have only started noticing this phrase being used mainly on this forum over the past few years, where has it come from? is it an americanism? I mean what does it mean? it doesn't really make sense at all? does it mean 'sorry, my mistake'? if so then why don't people say 'sorry, my mistake' it makes more sense

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p.s i find it as irritating as the use of 'nom nom nom' instead of 'Mmmmm and yum yum' but we have had that discussion before

p.p.s I think I used it once on this forum to feel 'down with the kids'
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Old 26.03.2011, 11:57
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Yeah, it irritates me too...definitely belongs to the 'younger generation' (I'm a 70's baby... the '80's' kids seem to use it...
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Old 26.03.2011, 12:01
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Re: 'My bad'

It's not really "my mistake", more "my fault".
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Old 26.03.2011, 12:04
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It's not really "my mistake", more "my fault".
So why don't people say 'my fault' then? My bad just doesn't make sense to me my bad... what?
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I use it sometimes, I guess it is more "American"???
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Old 26.03.2011, 12:07
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Re: 'My bad'

My understanding is that it is Californian in origin - possibly even as narrow as LA - where it is used all the time. Screenwriters live there and put it in TV dramas expecting everyone to understand it (just as they expect everyone to understand what it means to 'live above Sunset'). Then people pick it up and it spreads. At least, that's my twopenneth!!
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Would guess it's very American. Never heard it from anyone else.
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Old 26.03.2011, 12:08
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Re: 'My bad'

what does 'live above sunset' mean?
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Re: 'My bad'

“my bad”
First use: Shakespearean sonnet
Popularization: the movie Clueless
Use: throughout US

Saying some new slang word or expression “doesn’t make sense” doesn’t make sense. It does make sense otherwise people wouldn’t be using the term. You also can’t say that you don’t understand it because you clearly do. So, you don’t like some new slang term. Fair enough, then don’t use it. Personally, I don't like it either.


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Old 26.03.2011, 12:20
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Saying some new slang word or expression “doesn’t make sense” doesn’t make sense. It does make sense otherwise people wouldn’t be using the term. You also can’t say that you don’t understand it because you clearly do. So, you don’t like some new slang term. Fair enough, then don’t use it. Personally, I don't like it either.
doesn't make grammatical sense to me but then i am no grammar expert...
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"My bad" is a mix of "my mistake" and "I'm bad", most likely of USA origin and more specific Californian English.
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Old 26.03.2011, 12:22
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Yeah, it irritates me too...definitely belongs to the 'younger generation' (I'm a 70's baby... the '80's' kids seem to use it...
It irritates me too- it feels very insincere, and very much part of the 'I really don't need to apologise for anything because it's my human right to do whatever I feel like' ethos. I mean those people who think they'd be doing themselves irreversible psychological harm should they ever put anyone else's feelings above their own.

Okay, so I over-analyse a little...
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Old 26.03.2011, 12:41
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Where did the saying 'my bad' spring from? I seem to have only started noticing this phrase being used mainly on this forum over the past few years, where has it come from? is it an americanism? I mean what does it mean? it doesn't really make sense at all? does it mean 'sorry, my mistake'? if so then why don't people say 'sorry, my mistake' it makes more sense

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p.s i find it as irritating as the use of 'nom nom nom' instead of 'Mmmmm and yum yum' but we have had that discussion before

p.p.s I think I used it once on this forum to feel 'down with the kids'
I believe I used it during our skype conversation this morning. My bad.
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Old 26.03.2011, 12:55
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I believe I used it during our skype conversation this morning. My bad.
ha, i didn't notice but maybe my sub conscious did
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I think it's whats next to my toilet and my shower.
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Old 26.03.2011, 13:10
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A post on language has been removed from language to off topic - makes sense
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But Nicky, you of all people.

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Re: 'My bad'

Moved just too early for me to giggle my 'thanks'.

'my bad' = useful phrase for ex-Moderators who, themselves, start a new Thread in the wrong place.
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Old 26.03.2011, 13:24
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Moved just too early for me to giggle my 'thanks'.

'my bad' = useful phrase for ex-Moderators who, themselves, start a new Thread in the wrong place.
I have always posted in the wrong sections, before i was a mod, when i was a mod and after being a mod

I'll be modded for going off topic on my own thread next
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