David Bergdahl bergdahl at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Fri Sep 3 00:02:55 UTC 1999

My limited experience with the expression is with a teenager still living at
home; my understanding is that "my bad" is what one says on the basketball
court for an error, i.e. "I'm sorry, I screwed up."

"Bethany K. Dumas" wrote:

> On Thu, 2 Sep 1999 P2052 at AOL.COM wrote:
> >It used to be "That's my bag," which was later shortened to, "My bag."  I
> >think that "my bad" is folk pronunciation of this slang expression.
> Interesting. Then why is it used only when the speaker is referring to
> something at which s/he is bad or which is generally considered wrong,
> illegal, etc. (My experience with the word.)
> Bethany

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