Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 09:26:16 EDT


Subject: "my bad"

I have been in Georgia for a year now and have heard "my bad" used for

about that same period of time. I am from Texas and lived there most of

my life, however, I lived in Michigan and Ohio for 5 years. I had never

encountered this usage before then.

I have usually heard it used in sports, but I have also heard it used

outside of that context. For example, one might hit into a double play

or make an error for which the appropriate response by that person is

"My bad." Hence, it seems to refer to an error or mistake one makes

that may or may not cause a problem for others involved. Has anyone else

encountered this usage?


Sonja L. Lanehart

Dept. of English (300 Park Hall) Phone: (706) 542-2260

University of Georgia Fax: (706) 542-2181

Athens, GA 30602-6205 E-mail: Lanehart[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]