#WOTD: Bae

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This time, we are having a discussion on the word ‘bae’. Have you heard that word? What do you think that word means?

Nowadays, ‘bae’ acts as an endearment. We had a discussion on endearment in a few posts ago. You may see the discussion on endearment here: #EngVocab: Terms of endearment.

‘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.”

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.

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 ofbabe’.

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 now, guys. Thank you so much for your attention. I appreciate it a lot.


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

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