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 09-19-2003, 11:58 Post: 64337
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Being that we have broached the chris rock & black colloqial English barrier. Can someone please educate me or get me up to or down to speed (depending on your point of view).

I have been seeing more and more the term "my bad" being used in what appears to be a degradation of English speech intended to mean "my mistake" or something to that effect. Can someone please tell me the derivation of this term and why in the hell are people using it more and more? Guess I am colloqially challenged but more like refuse to lend credibility to speech such as this as I feel it is the degradation of English.

Anyhow......thanks for the replies..........I be chillin' bro! Wink yeah right






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 09-19-2003, 13:02 Post: 64343
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Yo yo yo, you be flowin' 'bout Ebonics not english homey.

Don't get all tripped out over it tho' it's all too real.

Later dog, gotta lope.....






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 09-19-2003, 13:13 Post: 64344
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Or is it just lazy English? In the south we end up with on syllable sentences. I have worked with people with accents from all over the world, yet have been stumped with some of the southern slang from MS. Sometimes they may as well be speaking another language.
I find people here very lazy about learning language. If you use a word beyond their vocabulary they either ignore it with a blank look or get irrate. I guess I would always politely ask the person to explain the word to try and learn a new word.






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 09-19-2003, 13:49 Post: 64347
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Murf, you be gottin' dem ebonics down cold, dog! Wink yeah right I am just now understanding the 3 forms of state of being verbs:

I be
He be
She be

Next is monitary exchange. Wink yeah right






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 09-19-2003, 14:05 Post: 64348
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I do have to admit, it's an inside joke in our house, you see my good lady was born & raised in Capetown, South Africa, however both her parents were school teachers, so she can't understand it, AT ALL.

I, however, rather like R & B music, which has now evolved (branched out into?) Hip-Hop, so I came to learn the 'language'.

Thus it is a standing joke when we watch Cops or some other TV show or movie set in an inner city, she constantly has to ask me to 'translate' for her or she has no clue of what is being said.

I must say, it has served me well, we were in a less than ideal part of Miami in the BMW when a couple of young kids on the sidewalk next to us at a stop-light started thinking they might prefer driving MY car than walking. After I explained to them clearly, in their OWN LINGO, that that would not be a wise idea they smiled and basically said they were only joking, and that they were just COMPLIMENTING my car, I told them in NO uncertain terms that I knew better than that and that they should make themselves scarce while they still could....

She had no idea what was said, but was mighty glad it HAD been said.

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 09-19-2003, 16:19 Post: 64360
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Chief,
I can't be sure, because I don't watch TV, but I think that "my bad" may have started on "Seinfield". Some of my otherwise sensible friends use that phrase a lot. It is irritating.

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