On my behalf , I would like to say that I did research on this common phrase before coming to the final decision that this has got to be the most awful, anger-inducing way to tell someone you made a mistake. Ever. Period.
For those of you who are lucky enough to not know what “my bad” means, its definition via urbandictionary.com reads:
Now on to how it got its start.
The etymology of “My Bad” is somewhat unknown, mainly because the expanse of time it crosses is large. According to the website The Phrases Finder, this phrase’s origin dates back to Shakespearean times, but became used in the modern sense as a basketball term in 1986. See below:
Bet you didn’t know that you were mimicking a 17th century man who had homosexual pedophilic tendencies. “My Bad’s” history gets even better….
Upon doing a little more digging, I found that these words were spoken by Cher (Alicia Silverstone) in the 1995 hit movie Clueless. Remember the part when Cher is learning how to drive and almost kills a man riding his bicycle? Well, if you haven’t guessed what she said already, I’ll’ tell you- “Whoops, my bad!”
Like, I mean, that’s so cool! “My bad” came from a stuck-up , 90s fictional character. I mean, AS IF, right?!
Now that I’ve provided you a completely unbiased education on the catch phrase, I’m going to put my 2 cents in and tell you what I think about this phrase in a series of questions.
1) Do you not have enough guts to say the actual words “I’m Sorry”?
2) My bad WHAT?
3) Is that even a complete sentence?
4) Am I supposed to count that a__hole line as an apology?
5) Are you in some sort of cult where you can only communicate 2 syllables at a time?
6) Do you need a translator? Because what you just said was “my bad,” but I’m positive what you meant to say was “I’m acknowledging that I did something wrong, but I don’t really care enough about you, or the situation, to give a full-fledged apology.”
I hope this post didn’t offend you and your use of the colloquial term, but if it did…