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My bad

Posted by Bob on September 14, 2000

In Reply to: My bad posted by BGM on September 14, 2000

: I've heard this phrase, meaning "my mistake", a number of times in the past year or so. A web search turned up a ref to it, noting that it's common in sports, which seems right -- in this morning's New York Daily News, a baseball player uses it to take the blame for an error.

: It sounds like a lame bit of dialect humor -- can anyone shed light?

: Thanks,

: Bruce

It started as African-American sports (specifically basketball) slang about 4 or 5 years ago, and moved into the (teenage) general culture. It's now pervasive enough that my (49-year-old, caucasian) wife uses it, admittedly with a smile.