Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 10:05:10 -0600 From: "Emerson, Jessie J" Subject: Re: "my bad" Around 1990, my nephews (at the time they were 17/18) started using the term. They didn't play basketball, but they did watch sports on T.V., and they listened to Rap music (this is where I think they got the term, simply because they used many terms heard in the music). Maybe it is not just a "court-distributed" phrase? Jessie Emerson Jim Crotty wrote: > > In the hoops section of my recent book, How to Talk American, I talk > about its > use in street basketball. I'll bet you that white guy in the Atlanta > Airport > was a basketball player or coached basketball or had a son who played > regular > basketball. It's definitely heard quite frequently on the courts. For > example, > you drive down the court on a three and one. Rather than pass to one > of your > wide open teammates under the basket, you instead choose to shoot a > three- > pointer, which you miss. Everyone knows you made a bonehead play, but > will cut > you some slack, if in running back down court you say, "I'm sorry > guys, my > bad." > >