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To absolutely hate the expression 'my bad'

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Claybury Wed 28-Jan-15 15:05:40

Keep hearing it more and more. Where did it come from and is it not really 'my mistake'!?
I hate it , feel angry even just writing this. It's horrible.

squoosh Wed 28-Jan-15 15:07:34

I hate it too. I'm not usually one of the 'oh that's too American' brigade, I use a lot of American slang myself, but 'my bad' is a bridge too far. See also 'step up to the plate'.

DoraGora Wed 28-Jan-15 15:08:03

It's an Americanism. I think some people find it funny.

Justmuddlingalong Wed 28-Jan-15 15:08:22

I hate it too! Anyone over 22 saying it, shouldn't.

Marshpillow Wed 28-Jan-15 15:08:43

In my opinion YANBU, it's like saying sorry without actually meaning it.

DoraGora Wed 28-Jan-15 15:09:44

If we played baseball, then step up to the plate would have real meaning. It's a bit stupid to say it in a country where it has no meaning.

TheComfortOfStrangers Wed 28-Jan-15 15:09:57

YANBU - It's utterly horrid.
Along with the word 'fail' used on its own to denote some sort of accident/ mistake.

Stinkle Wed 28-Jan-15 15:11:30


It's bad enough that my 13 year old says it, but I have a couple of friends who say it, it makes them sound like knobbers

bigbluestars Wed 28-Jan-15 15:11:42

I've never heard it.

squoosh Wed 28-Jan-15 15:12:11

Exactly, I'm sure 90% of the step up to the platers have no idea it's a baseball reference.

WhitePhantom Wed 28-Jan-15 15:12:19

I hate this so much! I can relate to every word of your post!! I also feel angry that you wrote it grin

Claybury Wed 28-Jan-15 15:12:44

Oh I don't think I mind 'fail '. Find it quite useful actually !

'Epic' is greatly over used though and 'legend ' is awful.

JudgeJudy79 Wed 28-Jan-15 15:13:52

I say it and like saying it. My bad grin

claracluck1978 Wed 28-Jan-15 15:14:11

The one time I heard my DP use this expression I threatened to pack his bags. I don't think that was an over reaction so YANBU

KentExpecting Wed 28-Jan-15 15:14:38

I hate this too. And 'the ask'. As in, 'Can you just clarify what the ask is?'


DoraGora Wed 28-Jan-15 15:17:15

I think the baseball reference comes through corporate jargon, because lots of companies have American executives. To Americans, stepping up to the plate, denotes taking on huge responsibility (if you fail in baseball, you'll be cursed for perhaps the next 100 years) But, if you say it to a British person, they're likely to ask for an explanation, at least initially!

KahloSherman Wed 28-Jan-15 15:17:26

YANBU, it's annoying.

Another one that's creeping in is 'good job!!!' I met a swimming teacher who says this constantly, in a put-on American accent. Good jahb! angry

TheComfortOfStrangers Wed 28-Jan-15 15:18:14

I've never heard of that before, Kent but now I'm prepared for when I do, and may be able to prevent myself from punching whoever says it.

DoraGora Wed 28-Jan-15 15:18:45

I'd never heard of the ask. My response would be

can I ask what the ask is?

Claybury Wed 28-Jan-15 15:18:48

Clara - quite right. Think I would actually vomit if DH said it in earnest.

Claybury Wed 28-Jan-15 15:20:21

I think it's more - 'he has to play football today after running cross country, it's a big ask'.
Not too bad .....

Naicecuppatea Wed 28-Jan-15 15:21:29

I hate 'my bad' too, sounds silly. Also 'swap it out with...' surely has a redundant 'out' in it? confused

DoraGora Wed 28-Jan-15 15:23:45

The older expression is it's a lot to ask. If that's the corollary, then all that's wrong with clarifying the ask is its grammar. What was meant was please can I clarify what has been asked.

Samcro Wed 28-Jan-15 15:25:25


mmmuffins Wed 28-Jan-15 15:27:24

I say it. I am American though.

I've never heard an English person use it. Seems a bit outdated to be catching on now I would have thought.

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