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June 5, 2009: What Does That Mean?

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  Fri. 6/5/09 6:04pm Danne D:

hola weirdos
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:05pm Danne D:

Cows coming home was the (only) highlight to the visits to my grandparents house in Sussex county growing up. Not a heckuva lot to do up there.
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:05pm Eric X:

How about "move over"? What the hell does that mean?
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:07pm Frankie:

I avoid cliches like the plague.
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:09pm John McCabe in LA:

This slang term originated in about 1970. At that time, i.e. pre the widespread use of the Internet, slang terms often circulated at street level for many years before being adopted by anyone who felt inclined to write them down. That's clearly not the case any longer of course and any word or phrase that is widely known is dateable quite precisely via website logs.
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:09pm darue:

My bad

Meaning

My mistake - I'm to blame.

Origin

This slang term originated in about 1970. At that time, i.e. pre the widespread use of the Internet, slang terms often circulated at street level for many years before being adopted by anyone who felt inclined to write them down. That's clearly not the case any longer of course and any word or phrase that is widely known is dateable quite precisely via website logs.

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."

Shakespeare used the term with something like the current meaning, in his Sonnet 112:

Your love and pity doth the impression fill
Which vulgar scandal stamp'd upon my brow;
For what care I who calls me well or ill,
So you o'er-green my bad, my good allow?

That's clearly just coincidence, and it's hardly surprising that such a fragmentary phrase would appear in a large body of work like Shakespeare's. It's also a world away from pick-up basketball, which is an informal street sport where players frequently call out to each other (trash talking), and is a well-known source of street lang.

clueless'My bad' came into widespread popular use in the mid to late-1990s in the USA via the 1995 movie “Clueless”. This starred Alicia Silverstone and contains what seems to have been the first use of the phrase in the mainstream media. The 1994 'Green revision pages' for the movie script has a scene with Alicia Silverstone's character learning to drive:

"Cher swerves - to avoid killing a person on a bicycle. Cher: Whoops, my bad."

Although a street term, it is virtually synonymous with the earlier Latin phrase, 'mea culpa'. It doubtless has as little of a direct descent from this as it does from Shakespeare's Sonnet 112.

'My bad' has gained that unequivocal accolade - imitation. In REM's 2004 song 'Leaving New York' there is this verse, which as you see includes 'my proud':

You might have laughed if I told you
You might have hidden a frown
You might have succeeded in changing me
I might have been turned around
It's easier to leave than to be left behind
Leaving was never my proud
Leaving New York, never easy
I saw the light fading out

The Doonesbury cartoon strip for 14th June 2006 included this:

"Okay, I'm bitter that I have to support myself! There I said it! My brave."
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:10pm John McCabe in LA:

that was for my bad
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:11pm John McCabe in LA:

see www.phrases.org.uk
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:11pm Danne D:

I like the version of the "my bad" story from allwords.com even if it's wrong:
"Seems to have originated from a phrase by Manute Bol, A player of Sudanese origin for Golden State Warriors in Bay area. Other players picked it up and started using it.
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:12pm jack:

"The man" comes from "the management"
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:14pm Danne D:

Some of these are so subtle. I mean that is so "corny"? What the heck does "corny" come from?!?

The answer (possibly is that folks are picking on the Cornish)...
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:18pm John McCabe in LA:

Shakespeare Wrote half of these Benjamin Franklin did the other half
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:19pm Colan Rodgers:

hey andy heres a weird russian one. Я съел собаку
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:21pm Colan R:

also face the music or woke up on the wrong side of the bed ?
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:22pm Danne D:

I always thought when I was a kid that the "Carter has liver pills" thing was about Jimmy Carter, even though you'd figure that it was Billy Carter that would be the one that needed them.
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:25pm Danne D:

One version of ____eating grin:
http://everything2.com/node/1362961
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:26pm listener colan:

frangry wheres the vodka?! you are hilarious with it. big fan guys
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:28pm Danne D:

Booyah!
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:30pm Danne D:

Keep your eyes peeled:
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-kee1.htm
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:31pm Jake:

"It is what it is" is on PeevePile with a lot of these annoying sayings: http://peevepile.com/peeves/1339
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:35pm Gray G.:

"Mind Your P's and Qs"
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:35pm Danne D:

Btw: looks like 34 minutes (plus internet) lag is the winner for the Frangry boredom pool.
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:36pm Turbo:

"as god made little green apples..."
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:36pm colan r:

urban dictionary says that blowing smoke up a butt means is most literally translating to "trying to get a reaction" out of somebody. Originated from a 16th century technique to determine death by literally blowing tobacco smoke into someone's butt (through a long pipe) - where a reaction indicated that the person was still alive.
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:37pm Danne D:

Shut Up Weirdo:
Where socialites meet social-lites.
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:39pm Turbo:

"dead as a doornail"
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:40pm Gray G.:

Let's get down to Brass Tacks
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:41pm Yakov Smirnoff:

In America, noodles hang ears on you.
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:41pm colan r:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=blowing+smoke+up+your+ass
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:42pm "Andy":

A likely story, for the love of crackers.
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:42pm Danne D:

It was Beer Ball Wednesday at the office Frangry? :)
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:43pm Gray G.:

where does Frangry work? gotta find a way to annoy here while she's actually getting paid to do something productive
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:43pm The Man:

I had her boss give her some needed buying-the-supervisor's-lie training after work. It's like detention for adults.
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:48pm Danne D:

saw that same explanation about magic with the smoke up the butt - supposedly "the butt" was added later. I think "Blow Sunshine Out Your Ass" might be the funnier variation though - I mean what the hell does THAT mean?
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:49pm Danne D:

Facebook group: "Do you blow sunshine out your ass all the time? Can you blow some my way?"
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2255843267
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:52pm ume:

sing for your supper
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:53pm John McCabe in LA:

hey everybody join "Weirdos for Frangry " on face book
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:54pm Hint:

To flirt with someone you have to figure they actually like someone other than themselves...
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:54pm Danne D:

Sure, the next time I both to ever getting around to going on facebook again...i set up my facebook basically to have my friend stop bugging me to set up a facebook
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:56pm ?:

Dude, it's "flirt" not "bad bar chat"
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:58pm Premise Police:

stupid folk etymologies. try the American Dialect Society listserv for some actual expertise, and not wack made up stories...
  Fri. 6/5/09 6:58pm Danne D:

Expertise is overrated.
  Fri. 6/5/09 7:00pm mhm:

not by those who have worked on a topic
  Sat. 6/6/09 12:32am my bad:

9 minutes into the show and I had to listen to Erik's annoying and condescending voice. UGH. Sorry it was such a dealbreaker for me. Couldn't listen to the whole show now. And Frangry, you're recommending Revolutionary Road, now that it was made into a film with DiCaprio and Winslet? What if the film wasn't made with those actors? Better yet, what if that book wasn't made into film at all? Girl, you're dumb (and just because you have a Master's doesn't make you smart). Your Bad.Better yet, your mom's bad. Hasta La Vista. I hope Ken finally wakes up to his senses and cancel this show.
  Sun. 6/7/09 9:51pm joey:

this show needs TWO hours!! so short one hour!
  Mon. 6/8/09 1:18am John McCabe in LA:

re “my bad” (or in other words too much of a coward to use your real name)
your obviously a serious dick head that can't come to terms with your own feelings about Frangry this frustrates you and causes you to lash out in inappropriate ways my advise is to eat shit and die.
In spite of all that,
have a good one
  Tue. 6/9/09 3:30pm listening from afghanistan:

Once again, great show. Maybe it's just the fact that I've been sitting here in the desert with a bunch of guys for the last year, but christ frangry, you are a darling of a morale boost. Thanks guys.
  Tue. 6/9/09 3:34pm listening from afghanistan:

btw, john mccabe is my fucking hero!
  Mon. 7/4/11 11:45am listener zero:

the first show that employed "have a good one"? by the way, frangry never co-hosted a seven second delay episode so far. she only called in once during the PMS radar… september 2010…
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