Hate to have an Andy Rooney moment here, but when/why have people started using this term?
I first heard it by an African American in San Francisco, who made a mistake with a food order last year. Alright, she was also "axing" some questions as well. But now this "My bad" term seems to be spreading like parachute pants in the early 90's.
I've been saying it for a long time - learned it from the young guys at work. It covers a lot of ground and I don't see anything wrong with it. I didn't know it was Ebonics and I'm so behind the times, I didn't even know Ebonics was horrible.
I usually use it in places and among people who will understand it's meaning.
(Please excuse my terrible representation of Newfoundland English.)
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I know there's nothing particularly wrong with it gramatically...but "it's all good" used to bug the living bejeezus out of me. Had a boss who used it liberally in every conversation. AFAIK, this too comes from African American vernacular, which seems to have been popular in some management circles a few years ago. Perhaps something to do with the Onion's Herbert Kornfeld, Accountz Reeceevable Supervisor. (Warning: extremely creative and hilarious use of profanity.)