This post may not reach its intended audience. I doubt any of my regular readers commit this grievous error, but I have no doubt that theyâ€™re hearing it from others. Saying â€œmy bad,â€ is not the same as saying â€œIâ€™m sorry.â€ In fact, itâ€™s more like saying â€œoops!â€ â€œMy bad,â€ is completely insincere and flippant, but you know that, and never ever use it to actually apologize.
Hereâ€™s what Iâ€™d like us to do â€” letâ€™s not continue to let â€œpardon me,â€ â€œexcuse me,â€ â€œIâ€™m sorry,â€ “I apologize,â€ devolve into â€œmy bad,â€ permanently. Instead, the next time someone utters that phrase to you, just ask: “Is that an apology?”
Some language evolution canâ€™t be stopped (see: YOLO, lolz, the verbal hashtag and more), but I think this one can. Donâ€™t take for an apology what really isnâ€™t.