Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Lovely Day

Not just because Charlie (see side bar) is back with us, but after two cancellations we are at last having a girl’s day out. Since Margaret deserted us for Cheltenham we seem to have lost our mojo but on a sunny day like today it would be criminal not to make the most of it and we can have the sort of day we used to where worries and fears are shelved, we have a moan and a whine and a wine and a bite, and a renewal of our friendship.

Joy has asked me to photograph the flower bed she created at our local railway station to commemorate 80 years of The Townswomen’s Guild so she can send it to Margaret. Then we’ll go somewhere close for lunch.

The most experienced Head of State in the world is visiting New York from Canada – H.M Queen Elizabeth – today I think. I’m still bristling at the deluded person on some forum who dismissed her – with some contempt - as a frail old lady. Do some research ducks – you may be surprised.

I keep hearing a strange phrase ‘my bad’ which I think means I’ve behaved badly. I heard it first in the States but it has filtered over here and – sorry to be pedantic - but it doesn’t make sense. Bad is an adjective – my bad what?


mapstew said...

Sounds like a good day ladies.

'my bad'? Fail! Innit? :¬)


mapstew said...

And YES! Charlie is back! Woohoo!! :¬)

R. Sherman said...

I think it means, "Sorry. I made a mistake." And you're right, of course. It certainly doesn't make grammatical sense.

Have a fun day!


Kim Ayres said...

I heard Jonathan Ross using it when he returned to the BBC after his suspension. You're right, it's basically an admission of guilt. But like a lot of slang, it started in places where grammar is not considered to be carved in stone

Pat said...

The comments below disappeared so I've copied and pasted from my In Box
Sounds like a good day ladies.
'my bad'? Fail! Innit? :¬)


Kim: heard Jonathan Ross using it when he returned to the BBC after his suspension. You're right, it's basically an admission of guilt. But like a lot of slang, it started in places where grammar is not considered to be carved in stone

Z said...

Blogger's been having a cock-up on the comment front, but it seems to have been fixed now.

Yes, it's been going round among the youngsters for at least three or four years now as an expression. I've grown to rather like it, actually.

Eryl Shields said...

I hope you had a lovely day.

I think you have to be part of the group for which such phrases are second nature to understand them fully. I had to ask Stevie what 'in yer face' meant the other day, because although I had a sort of inkling I didn't really understand. I still don't, these things defy explanation. I do like that the young keep reinventing the language though, that's what keeps it alive and vibrant.

The Unbearable Banishment said...

I just read a very nice article in the NY Times about HRH's speech at the U.N. It's her first one there in 43 years! I saw the Queen drive by once when I was in London. What a thrill!

kenju said...

It is a simple (and idiotic) way to say "I was wrong". Sometimes the most stupid phrases work themselves into the language - such as "awesome" which was not a word, and to my dismay, is now found in the dictionaries. Some people can, like, say nothing else these days but awesome.

lom said...

I heard my nephew say ‘my bad’ and when I asked him what on earth he was going on about now, he couldn’t explain. All I got was ‘it’s just something we say’ there you go even some of them don’t know! He’s 15 by the way.

Pat said...

Randall: thank you. Somehow it's more acceptable when said by an American but with a Brit it sounds faux IMO.

Z: we'll see if the problems are resolved - I'm not sure. Just as I started to answer comments I was turfed off line and have had to start all over again.

Eryl: thank you we did.
I appreciate all kinds of argot , slang, dialect - all kinds of language but for some reason this sticks in my craw. As the old rascal - the father in the Royle family would say:
My bad? My a--e!

UB: I must google and try to find the article.
Years back I got my only sighting of HM on her way back from Crathie Church when she was in Balmoral. I waved and beamed and was quite hurt that she didn't seem to realise I had know her since we were little girls.

Pat said...

Kim and Mapstew: my answer has been swallowed but thank you both for yours:)

Judy: Oh dear - I'm guilty as charged.

LOM: my grandchildren delight in saying 'I'm good' when I offer them something just to wind me up;)

rashbre said...

I like the idea of Language Shift.

Some say language is a virus in any case, so a few new phrases help keep it living. And I suppose we've had 'My good(ness)' for a while :-)

Pat said...

Rashbre: I'm in the minority - so what's new? But, but, but - my goodness is an exclamation so I'm not letting you get away with that;)