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#1 Posted on 22.4.05 0437.40
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"My bad" is a phrase that hasn't really crossed the Atlantic (outside the realm of my 9 year old watching Kim Possible), and without wishing to sound stupid, I'm struggling with it.

What is the correct usage of this phrase? Often it can be read as "my bad judgement", sometimes "my bad luck". It would make a number of posts easier for me to read if I could crack this, rather than guessing.
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#2 Posted on 22.4.05 0606.30
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    Originally posted by Jonny_English
    "My bad" is a phrase that hasn't really crossed the Atlantic (outside the realm of my 9 year old watching Kim Possible), and without wishing to sound stupid, I'm struggling with it.

    What is the correct usage of this phrase? Often it can be read as "my bad judgement", sometimes "my bad luck". It would make a number of posts easier for me to read if I could crack this, rather than guessing.


It's slang fer "my fault."
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#3 Posted on 22.4.05 0645.10
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Usually "my bad" = "my mistake" or "sorry"

Clerk: "This shirt costs $20. You just handed me a ten"
Customer: "My bad"

This phrase just grated on me when I heard it, but after 7-8 years of hearing kids say it, it's just accepted now.

What still gets to me are people who start every sentence they utter with the word "Dude". It doesn't matter if they are talking to friends, doctors, teachers.
"Dude, I'm going to get that CD when it comes out. Dude, that wasn't cool. Dude, what are you getting for lunch. Dude, I've had this cough for a week now. Dude, that was sweet. Dude, why'd you give me a "C"? Dude, dude, dude, dude,....

ahhh, that felt better.......Dude.

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#4 Posted on 22.4.05 0927.07
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From one of my favorite promos:

"First of all, Undertaker, I would like to apologise for ruining your tag team title match, and for soiling your motor-bike with milk. As they would say on the streets...my bad." -- Kurt Angle
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#5 Posted on 22.4.05 1045.09
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    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    From one of my favorite promos:

    "First of all, Undertaker, I would like to apologise for ruining your tag team title match, and for soiling your motor-bike with milk. As they would say on the streets...my bad." -- Kurt Angle


Didn't he also make "air quotes" when he said it?
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#6 Posted on 22.4.05 1047.40
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    Originally posted by odessasteps
      Originally posted by EddieBurkett
      From one of my favorite promos:

      "First of all, Undertaker, I would like to apologise for ruining your tag team title match, and for soiling your motor-bike with milk. As they would say on the streets...my bad." -- Kurt Angle


    Didn't he also make "air quotes" when he said it?


He absolutely used air quotes...plus seeing it in print doesn't do justice how so very dorkish Angle sounded (even by Angle standards) while saying it.
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#7 Posted on 22.4.05 1525.20
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To this day, I still use the Angle "As they say on the streets. . . " when speaking with people. It's funny that only about 1.5 people that I know actually get the reference.
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#8 Posted on 23.4.05 0035.17
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Is "Oops" used in Britain? "My bad" can pretty much be substituted for "oops".

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#9 Posted on 23.4.05 1437.01
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Jonny_English, if you follow the Premiership, check out Fernando Hierro's face after he scored on his own team(Bolton) in today's match against Aston Villa.

His facial expression is an excellent representation of "my bad".
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#10 Posted on 24.4.05 0702.28
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    Originally posted by The Goon
    Jonny_English, if you follow the Premiership, check out Fernando Hierro's face after he scored on his own team(Bolton) in today's match against Aston Villa.

    His facial expression is an excellent representation of "my bad".


Haven't seen it. Can I assume it's an "Aaahhhh, bollocks" kind of deal? Which, incidentally, has probably replaced "oops" as the most common indication of an error.
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#11 Posted on 24.4.05 1615.02
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A Dictionary.com definition for the benefit of my fellow Americans:

bollocks

v : make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]
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#12 Posted on 25.4.05 0601.34
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    A Dictionary.com definition for the benefit of my fellow Americans:

    bollocks

    v : make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]


My bad ekedolphin, I should have explained that.











Did I get it right?
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#13 Posted on 25.4.05 0823.35
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    Originally posted by Jonny_English
    My bad ekedolphin, I should have explained that.

    Did I get it right?

Yes, and congratulations, you are now well on your way to understanding our decaying grammar! ;)
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#14 Posted on 26.4.05 0035.02
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Oh, incidentially, you may want to visit UrbanDictionary.com for more definitions of some bad grammar, heehee.
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