Modern language

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Ripleysbaby, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Now forgive me for being an old fuddy duddy, but please tell me I'm not alone in hating the term "My bad" I know language is constantly evolving . But into what ?
    There, I feel a little better now I've got that off my chest.
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I hate the way it sounds. But I just did a little research into it and I kind of like its origins....... ""The first citation in print is C. Wielgus and A. Wolff’s, ’Back-in-your-face Guide to Pick-up Basketball’, 1986: ’My bad, an expression of contrition uttered after making a bad pass or missing an opponent.’"

    but taking "street" talk and bringing it into popular vernacular always sounds a little awkward. I say "leave it on the court".
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  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Fo sho!

    ehm... to be honest I don't mind the term, but then I started learning English in the late 90s / early 00's and I think it was already an established term by then...
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  4. NathanJ

    NathanJ Regular

    Sep 18, 2012
    As an expression of 'light' contrition, I personally think it is quite a handy expression. "My fault" seems a little harsh. "My bad" seems to work nicely when no real harm has been done, and the error in question can be easily passed off.
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  5. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I agree. It's not quite good enough when you have run over someone's child or embezzled several million dollars . . .

    Cheers, Jock
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  6. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    My Dad used to be a language formalist - he hated any bastardization of the English language, which means he SHOULD have been speaking the Queen's own English from the 1500s or so. But, of course, he didn't. So, probably in rebellion I have only one standard for new uses of the language - does it communicate? If I know what the person is trying to say (or, more importantly, if whoever they're speaking to does), I figure it's all good. Speaking of which, "all good" is another expression sort of like "my bad" - they both work well enough for me...

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  7. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    :biggrin: Very well said, Jock!

    Gary, just so you know - I don't care for that turn of the phrase either. :drama::wink:
  8. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    It will become more widely used I'm sure, but not by me. New language will come along that aint too bad, and i may even use it ! Wouldn't that be wicked man . sum stuff will just be to rad for me to use. words that will be positively mingin. init like.
    On the other hand and luckily for me, most of it is ez to spell :confused:
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