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Old 04-07-05, 10:47 PM   #1
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Does anyone know where, when and how this expression originated? Accuracy not required
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Old 04-07-05, 10:49 PM   #2
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Like, I thought it was like my daughter was just immitating her like illiterate buddies again but it seems to be international like.
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Old 04-07-05, 10:57 PM   #4
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I have no idea. I thought it was some expression made up by HS kids.

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Old 04-07-05, 10:59 PM   #5
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It was in the movie Clueless. I thought it was really funny when Cher said it after she hit the car during her driving test.

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It was in the movie Clueless. I thought it was really funny when Cher said it after she hit the car during her driving test.

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Thanks, Koffee. I have been hearing the expression a lot lately. The FedEx driver said it came from the inner city. An engineer told me it came from the basketball court. Etc.

I have not seen that movie, but now I will rent it. Sounds funny.
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Old 04-08-05, 12:04 AM   #7
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It was in the movie Clueless. I thought it was really funny when Cher said it after she hit the car during her driving test.

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Then that'd be the only time it was ever funny.
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Old 04-08-05, 04:23 AM   #8
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I hate the term.
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Old 04-08-05, 06:02 AM   #10
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Im not sure whether to laugh or cry.
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Im not sure whether to laugh or cry.
You're obviously in a state of indecision. You need to look to see if the glass if half full or half empy. You also evidently need to decide that, as a male, you are prepared to let your emotions bubble to the surface, Otherwise you will be suppressing your emotions with long-term consequences. The fact that you cannot decide whether to choose between a cry or roflmao emoticon suggests that we have to withdraw you from your current domestic accommodation and assign you to home placement away from your current relatives and housepeople, and we can't guarantee that we can protect you from sexual molestation, but we will try our best...

... what was your problem again?
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Old 04-08-05, 08:05 AM   #12
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I don't know where it came from, but i know it's been around for 20+yrs. It was the basic "crap, sorry i kicked the ball to the wrong place" expression in soccer when i was a kid. And this was when i was like 7, so it's probably been around a lot longer than that.
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Old 04-08-05, 09:01 AM   #13
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Yeah - not sure if Cher had anything to do with the creation of it. I heard it at Airborne School in 92. Not something you want to hear the guy behind you yell during equipment check...
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It seems like it's a lame excuse to relinquish all responsibility for doing something stupid.

“Yes your honor my client did run over Mr. Jones as he was riding down 1st street but when Mr Jones was conscious my client’s reply was ‘My Bad’”.

“Is this true Mr Jones?”.

“Yes your Honor”.

“Well then I have no choice but to set the defendant free”
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Old 04-08-05, 10:06 AM   #15
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It seems like it's a lame excuse to relinquish all responsibility for doing something stupid.


Funny, never thought of it that way. Always used to it own up to doing something small wrong, interchangeable with 'sorry' and the like.
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I don't see it as a way to side-step the responsibility. Just the opposite.

By saying 'my bad' someone has actually admitted it. What they do AFTER that is another story.
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Old 04-08-05, 10:25 AM   #17
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I think Cher may have picked this phrase up from her plastic surgeon.

I remember when we were too hip gotta go kids and we would hear adults using new slang we would laugh when we were out of earshot because it was so fake and sounded so inappropriate. Some here might do well to remember that.

edited to add: It's all good.

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I've used it for at least 30 years now, so its older than that.

I think it may have been coined by Eve?
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From Word Detective 12/15/97:

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..."My bad," an exclamation meaning "my fault" or "my mistake," evidently arose in the mid-1980's among players (primarily Black) in informal "pick-up" basketball games. One player would throw a bad pass or flub an easy shot and say "My bad" as a sort of handy shorthand for a more elaborate apology. The term's transition to more general slang use was apparently greatly accelerated by its inclusion in the enormously popular film "Clueless" a few years ago.
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I checked the Word Wizard, but didn't know about the Word Detective. Thanks for the link.
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You're obviously in a state of indecision. You need to look to see if the glass if half full or half empy. You also evidently need to decide that, as a male, you are prepared to let your emotions bubble to the surface, Otherwise you will be suppressing your emotions with long-term consequences. The fact that you cannot decide whether to choose between a cry or roflmao emoticon suggests that we have to withdraw you from your current domestic accommodation and assign you to home placement away from your current relatives and housepeople, and we can't guarantee that we can protect you from sexual molestation, but we will try our best...

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It seems like it's a lame excuse to relinquish all responsibility for doing something stupid.

“Yes your honor my client did run over Mr. Jones as he was riding down 1st street but when Mr Jones was conscious my client’s reply was ‘My Bad’”.

“Is this true Mr Jones?”.

“Yes your Honor”.

“Well then I have no choice but to set the defendant free”
You seem to have missed the point of the proper usage of 'my bad'.

It's a statement admitting fault, and accepting responsibility for one's actions. In the scenario you describe, were I the judge, I'd rule against the defendant, as he admitted guilt, and his lawyer stupidly said so in court.

It's like saying, "I know, I made a mistake, please accept my apology."
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edited to add: It's all good.

Fersheezy dood.

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