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"My bad!"

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Bogeyface Mon 03-Jun-13 18:26:07 you mean "I appear to have made a mistake, please accept my apologies" or "Sorry!"??

AIBU to want to scream at people who say this?!

usualsuspect Mon 03-Jun-13 18:27:59

It's mostly teenagers this say it, teenagers have always had their own speak.


usualsuspect Mon 03-Jun-13 18:28:26

Who say it*

flowery Mon 03-Jun-13 18:29:02

YANBU, it's v annoying. DH says it purely to wind me up!

Bogeyface Mon 03-Jun-13 18:32:43

Usual I think thats what irritates me most, I have only heard "grown ups" say it! I dont mind teens doing it, as you say they tend to have their own language!

complexnumber Mon 03-Jun-13 18:34:35

My teenage pupils say fairly often. I really can't find anything annoying about it at all.

In fact I find it endearing when a teenager is willing to accept they may have made a mistake.

LoSiento Mon 03-Jun-13 18:35:51

I've heard this said more often by adults than teenagers.

BadPoet Mon 03-Jun-13 18:36:58

It's used in Buffy, therefore it's fine and YABU.

StuntGirl Mon 03-Jun-13 18:38:44

As much as I love Buffy I cannot agree with your logic poet!

youmeatsix Mon 03-Jun-13 18:43:32

"I appear to have made a mistake, please accept my apologies" confused "my bad" sounds sooooo much better,

NumTumDeDum Mon 03-Jun-13 18:45:54

Americanisms are a bit annoying when the speaker is not American. Dd was pointing out 'trash' bags earlier. I did get a little bit of irrational rage. Then had an internal debate about whether it was petty to correct. Petty won. grin

complexnumber Mon 03-Jun-13 18:54:43

Then had an internal debate about whether it was petty to correct

I regularly have that debate, but then I live overseas where everyone speaks differently to my home town... <suspicious expression>

JazzDalek Mon 03-Jun-13 18:57:41

BadPoet grin

It is Buffyspeak. I can't hate it I'm afraid.

DoJo Mon 03-Jun-13 18:59:29

I think it's just a short hand for when it's not really necessary to fully commit to an admission of guilt and a heartfelt apology, just to acknowledge that you were in the wrong - accidentally pushing in a queue for example or failing to notice that you were blocking someone's view of a supermarket aisle whilst trying to work out which tin of kidney beans is better value - inconsequential issues. It doesn't bother me in context, but I don't think it's acceptable when a proper apology is warranted.

iamadoozermum Mon 03-Jun-13 19:01:53

I said it in a job interview once! My excuse - I'd had DS1 by emcs a couple of weeks before and the interview process was all day. This is when I discovered that the mixture of painkillers, issues of DS's birth and extreme lack of sleep had somewhat addled my brain. Needless to say, I didn't get the job smile

Fairylea Mon 03-Jun-13 19:05:05

My now ex started saying this at 30 years old. I absolutely wanted to throw things at him every time he said it. Truly awful.

WMittens Mon 03-Jun-13 20:05:49

Is 'mea culpa' more acceptable?

snooter Mon 03-Jun-13 20:11:27

'mea culpa' is more acceptable because it means 'my fault'. 'My bad' doesn't mean anything. My bad what? Cat? Cooking?

diplodocus Mon 03-Jun-13 20:12:43

Mea culpa far worse. Particularly when said smugly about an achievement i.e. "Oh was it you that got a double first from Cambridge at age 16? " "Mea Culpa" (said with a smug and mock humble smile).....

snooter Mon 03-Jun-13 20:14:27

I wouldn't say Mea Culpa as I don't really use much Latin day to day but I find it less irritating if I hear it. I'd say I'm Sorry, +/- That Was My Fault

SybilRamkin Mon 03-Jun-13 20:14:50

I disagree with diplodocus, 'mea culpa' is a thousand times better than 'my bad', which makes me incandescent with irrational rage!

ChasingStaplers Mon 03-Jun-13 20:20:51

Teenagers I could understand but I have only come across adults saying it.
Every time I hear it it makes me all stabby.

navada Mon 03-Jun-13 20:22:39

I've only ever heard women in their 30's say 'my bad'

I just laugh.

AnnaFiveTowns Mon 03-Jun-13 21:05:13

God, I'm out of it. I've never even heard anyone say "my bad" - on TV or in RL.

CatsRule Mon 03-Jun-13 21:08:06

Yanbu...I cringe when I hear it...especially when it's from a 30 something HR person at work!!

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