My Bad-The A__hole’s Apology


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 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…


  • Shanna


    Love your blog post! “My Bad” and “Touché” have to be the worst phrases in our language. Pretty much saying, “Yah, I messed up, but I am too full of my self to actually admit it outloud with real words” haha!

    • Anna Dunk

      Thanks, Shanna! I completely agree with you. When someone says either one of those phrases it drives me nuts! (That app is still bothering me, by the way! I’m sorry I couldn’t help out more.)

  • dcmetrogal


    That term drives me up the wall! I completely agree with you on this post!

    • Anna Dunk

      I hear it so much, I thought I was the only one! 🙂

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