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"My Bad" and other lazy expressions
JimVT | 02/10/03 | JImVT

Posted on 02/10/2003 2:15:36 PM PST by JimVT

It seems we have unleashed yet another bit of bastardized English; this one is "my bad".


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Forgive the vanity but it's a slow day and I'm tired of waiting for the SaddamAttack so I've been lurking all over the FR today and find increasing use of the phrase "my bad" and was wondering what the hell people are talking about when they use it.

After some research on the 'net I found a couple of sites that discussed its use. (One is linked below)

"My bad" reminded me of another expression that had a brief existence a few years ago: "This is true."

I was speaking to a group in a meeting one day and this up-and-coming type must have interrupted me 5 times with a "this is true" statement.

I finally thanked him for his support and asked: "What the heck ever happened to "you're right" or "correct". I've forgotten what his response was.

Anyway I know this is not an earth-shaking issue but my simple and no doubt, futile, plea to use the language the way it was meant to be used with simple, declarative sentences and a minimum of jargon.

Go ahead and flame me and I promise I'll start on "route" and "rout" next!

MyBad


1 posted on 02/10/2003 2:15:36 PM PST by JimVT
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To: JimVT
No kidding.
2 posted on 02/10/2003 2:16:30 PM PST by LurkerNoMore!
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To: JimVT
Sorry, my bad.
3 posted on 02/10/2003 2:17:18 PM PST by coloradan
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To: coloradan
Using terms like "my bad" is a vey series problem.
4 posted on 02/10/2003 2:18:26 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: JimVT
"It seems we have unleashed"

"We"??

Who is this "We," homeboy?
5 posted on 02/10/2003 2:18:37 PM PST by APBaer
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To: JimVT
I dunno. "My bad" works for me.
6 posted on 02/10/2003 2:19:00 PM PST by Maceman
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To: Maceman
This is true.
7 posted on 02/10/2003 2:21:12 PM PST by Ruger1099
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To: JimVT
Is it a southern thing? I'm from the north and never hear it up here. It seems to come from southerners.
8 posted on 02/10/2003 2:21:33 PM PST by nmh
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To: dfwgator
It's not just very series, it's hugh! All my bads are belong to you!
9 posted on 02/10/2003 2:21:38 PM PST by coloradan
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To: JimVT
My bad goes back over 10 years to my high school days. My current bastardization of the English language which I despise is "sup", the ebonicsfied combination of "what is up" or "what's up".
10 posted on 02/10/2003 2:22:30 PM PST by xrp
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To: JimVT
Pple who use "my bad" are just loosers who are not very inciteful.
12 posted on 02/10/2003 2:23:11 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: jojomatic
The first time I heard it was from the old Gator Head Ball Coach himself. That's Steve Spurrier for those of you in Rio Linda.
13 posted on 02/10/2003 2:24:09 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: JimVT
Nothing bothers me more than "you know what I'm sayin'"
14 posted on 02/10/2003 2:24:13 PM PST by Mears
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To: JimVT
True That. ;)
15 posted on 02/10/2003 2:24:37 PM PST by ChadGore (Going to war without the French is like going hunting without an accordian)
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To: JimVT
I've never been tempted to use it myself, but I rather enjoy it when others do. My bad, I suppose.
16 posted on 02/10/2003 2:25:07 PM PST by Cicero
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To: Leroy S. Mort
I like "ure Bad" better....
17 posted on 02/10/2003 2:25:58 PM PST by woofie
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To: JimVT
"What the heck ever happened to "you're right" or "correct".

LOL, both are currently in vogue at our meetings, but only when voiced like Ed McMahon back in the Johnny Carson days.

18 posted on 02/10/2003 2:26:22 PM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: ChadGore
I think you mean, "True dat." :)
19 posted on 02/10/2003 2:27:06 PM PST by TheBigB
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To: JimVT
I thought it meant: my bad mistake~I should have known better.

That's why I use it.

20 posted on 02/10/2003 2:27:23 PM PST by swheats
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To: JimVT
If you want some fun, check out the Annual List of Banished Words (and phrases)...

Banished Words

21 posted on 02/10/2003 2:27:31 PM PST by Fredgoblu
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To: JimVT
My husband absolutely hates when he hears, "Let's do lunch."
22 posted on 02/10/2003 2:27:35 PM PST by hsmomx3 (Bundgaard for Mayor of Phoenix/No Napolitano in 2006)
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To: Mears
Here is one that is worse... "Do you see what I am saying?"... and no, they weren't speaking in sign language, either! Quoted from a h.s. teacher, in fact! :)
23 posted on 02/10/2003 2:27:36 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: JimVT
bling bling
24 posted on 02/10/2003 2:27:57 PM PST by Gun142
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To: JimVT
how about "mea culpa"?
25 posted on 02/10/2003 2:28:09 PM PST by Temple Drake (When men were men, and women were women -- a darn good arrangement!)
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To: JimVT
Anyway I know this is not an earth-shaking issue but my simple and no doubt, futile, plea to use the language the way it was meant to be used with simple, declarative sentences and a minimum of jargon

You've got my vote; however, I do understand the need for some people to inculcate jargon. It makes them feel like they're fitting in, as with the repetition of insider jokes.
26 posted on 02/10/2003 2:28:16 PM PST by pt17
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To: JimVT
I worked with a guy some time ago who was an MIT trained engineer. He had a real problem with the phrase "I hear ya, man."- which is a pretty common expression of agreement in California.

His response was always the same- "Excellent! Have you acquired me visually as well?"

I still laugh at that.
27 posted on 02/10/2003 2:28:24 PM PST by Riley
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To: xrp
whazzzzup, my dirtiez!
28 posted on 02/10/2003 2:28:42 PM PST by ewing
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To: JimVT
It all depends of what My Bad is
29 posted on 02/10/2003 2:29:17 PM PST by apackof2
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To: JimVT
How you doing?
30 posted on 02/10/2003 2:29:51 PM PST by WaveThatFlag
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Pple who use "my bad" are just loosers who are not very inciteful.

Speek fo yuslf

32 posted on 02/10/2003 2:30:44 PM PST by cinFLA
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To: JimVT
We are becoming a nation of dumbies.
33 posted on 02/10/2003 2:31:27 PM PST by HumanaeVitae (The purpose of the 'animal rights movement' is not to humanize animals, but to dehumanize men.)
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To: JimVT
I hate *I've seen it with my own eyes*...
34 posted on 02/10/2003 2:32:50 PM PST by mystery-ak (Operation Snuggles Freedom: paid Snuggles ransom and they still won't release him...please help!)
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To: JimVT
When thrown out in response to a clearly delineated argument, I find the word 'whatever' extremely amusing. I generally shoot back, "Ah, well, I'm glad you've seen the light and now agree with what I've said." They usually just give me that 'deer in the headlights' look.
35 posted on 02/10/2003 2:32:53 PM PST by MEGoody
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To: JimVT
Why use "my bad" when "oops" will do?

I never did understand why people simply don't say "It's my mistake," or "I was mistaken."

36 posted on 02/10/2003 2:33:07 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: JimVT
That's an old expression ..... last time I encountered it was working with some dark green Marines while over in the Gulf.

What's your real worry here? If it were not for English's ability to adapt we'd still be speaking in Old or Middle English which would really suck.

37 posted on 02/10/2003 2:33:19 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Chance favors the prepared mind.)
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To: JimVT
"24-7"

"Don't even go there"

"It's all good"

"You go girl"

"Talk to the hand"

"Keepin' it real"

"At the end of the day"

"Going forward"

38 posted on 02/10/2003 2:33:23 PM PST by IowaHawk
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To: JimVT
You may not like it, but it's not about you.
39 posted on 02/10/2003 2:33:27 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Why didn't Orlando name it's NBA team the "Gibbons"?)
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To: JimVT
Word up.
40 posted on 02/10/2003 2:33:49 PM PST by SerpentDove (Shave the whales)
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To: JimVT
My hatred for:

"At this point in time"

knows no bounds (It means exactly the same thing as "at this time")

For whatever reason it is impossible for any law enforcement, search and rescue, EMT, emergency medical, etc. person to give any sort of interview or briefing WITHOUT using "at this point in time." I wonder how THAT started?

41 posted on 02/10/2003 2:34:01 PM PST by John H K
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To: JimVT
Go ahead and flame me and I promise I'll start on "route" and "rout" next!

Not a bad post.

But how about one on "your" and "you're"?

42 posted on 02/10/2003 2:34:03 PM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: cinFLA
Far out.
43 posted on 02/10/2003 2:34:06 PM PST by GOPyouth
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To: jojomatic
Fa shizzle dizzle.
44 posted on 02/10/2003 2:34:35 PM PST by GOPyouth
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To: All
Whoopsie dazy, i've just posted to the wrong thread.
45 posted on 02/10/2003 2:36:20 PM PST by widgysoft (< Woo and Yay! >)
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To: JimVT
Don't worry "it's all good"
46 posted on 02/10/2003 2:36:24 PM PST by showme_the_Glory
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To: JimVT
My problem is trying to understand all of the acronyms the military uses. Someone will typed four or five paragraphs and they can't type a couple more words to explain themselves.

47 posted on 02/10/2003 2:36:46 PM PST by Shooter 2.5
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To: showme_the_Glory
This thread is off the hook.
48 posted on 02/10/2003 2:36:59 PM PST by GOPyouth
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To: John H K
how bout "the foreseeable future"?
49 posted on 02/10/2003 2:37:33 PM PST by Temple Drake (When men were men, and women were women -- a darn good arrangement!)
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To: GOPyouth
I had one once, but the wheels fell off.
50 posted on 02/10/2003 2:38:05 PM PST by tacticalogic (Controlled application of force is the sincerest form of communication.)
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