Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Sep 3 00:22:57 UTC 1999


I don't think so. I played basketball as an old guy and learned "my bad"
from younger players. "My bag" came to me independently from music-street

The phonology is good - final stop loss (with attendant vowel
lengthening/diphthongization compensation), but the sense is no good.
What's "bag" got to do with "bad"?

dInIs (who played both)

>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.
>                PAT

Dennis R. Preston
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Michigan State University
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