My bad

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For the "Scrubs" episode, see My Bad (Scrubs episode). For the "Dexter" episode, see My Bad (Dexter).

"My bad" is an American idiom that was made popular by basketball players in playground games in the 1980s. It usually means "my fault", "my mistake", "I apologize"[1] or "mea culpa". It gained popularity with urban players of streetball and then spread into mainstream popularity.[2]


  1. ^ Steinberg, Dan. "D.C. Sports Bog - Manute Bol and "my bad"". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Pullum, Geoffrey K. (December 7, 2005). "Language Log: Pick-up basketballism reaches Ivy League faculty vocabulary". Retrieved June 21, 2010.