Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 13:05:46 -0500
From: "DICK HEABERLIN, ENGLISH DEPARTMENT,
SOUTHWEST TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY" DH12[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SWT.EDU
Subject: Re: "my bad"
I have been playing pickup basketball for fifty years, and I
first heard "my bad" used in about 1970. I live in Texas, but
I thought at the time that it came from the black area of an inner city
where pickup basketball is so popular. It simply means, "my fault"
or "my mistake." I thought it sounded rather strange at first, and I
could not imagine using it, but after hearing it for several years, I
one day heard myself saying, "my bad." Now it seems nothing out of the common
to say it.
Southwest Texas State University