#WOTD: Bae


Hi, guys, how are you doing? I hope you are doing good. Today, we are having a #WOTD discussion on the word ‘bae.’ Have you heard that word? What do you think that word means?

Nowadays, ‘bae’ acts as an endearment. We did have the discussion on endearment few days ago. You may see the discussion on endearment here. ‘Bae’ started to take off in 2003 and its usage has been increasing until this very day. The word experienced its meteoric rise when Pharrel and Miley collaborated for “Come Get it, Bae.” You need to listen to the song. It is dope!

Recently, people use ‘bae’ to refer to ‘boyfriend’ or ‘girlfriend.

So, you may say, “He is my bae. We have been together for two years. I love him to the moon and back.”

In some cases, people also use ‘bae’ to describe a hella delectable food.

So, if you are tasting an extremely delicious dish, you may say, “This pizza is bae!”

‘Bae’ can also be used to describe cool things as you may say,

“I like your shoes. They are bae.”

Yet, guess what? In the past, ‘bae’ does not have anything to do with ‘boyfriend’ or ‘girlfriend’ or ‘palatable food.’ In 1500s, the word ‘bae’ was primarily used to denote the sound of sheep. LOL. I can’t imagine how the word nowadays refers to boyfriend or girlfriend.

Linguists dispute the reason how ‘bae’ experiences such shift in meaning. A party believes that it is basically an acronym for “Before Anyone Else.” Others have a dissenting opinion saying that ‘bae’ is actually the shorter version of ‘babe.’

Well, whatever the reason is, we need to embrace the fact that nowadays the word means ‘boyfriend,’ or ‘girlfriend,’ or ‘cool stuffs,’ or ‘great food.’

That’s all for today, guys. Thank you so much for your attention. I appreciate it a lot.




Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on February 4, 2016

Pic. source: www.slate.com


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