I am a lover of the English language. I love words and the fact that language is constantly changing. I love learning new words and am on a constant mission to expand my vocabulary. So, it is an affront to my English loving brain to hear the repeated use of the word (word?) ‘bae’. Lately, all I hear and read is ‘omgilybae’ (as I have just had a serious coughing fit following typing that, I think I can safely say that it physically hurt me to do so.) Seriously. The use of the three letter demon word is so abhorrent that I wish there was a law that allowed me to put a bullet in the brain of anyone who uses it.
According to the Australian Oxford Dictionary, ‘bae’ is not an English word. According to Urban Dictionary it has a few meanings. It is interesting to note that the first entry says that bae is in fact a Danish word for poo. However it is more commonly used here as a term of endearment. Either a substitute for babe or other such affectionate terms, or as an acronym for ‘before anyone else’. I don’t care what way you say it – as with every other abbreviated internetism – it’s irritating.
The word itself and it’s constant usage is irritating enough, but perhaps even more so is how quickly the internet adopted it. Like with any trend or phase, this is just one more thing that shouldn’t be a thing, but is a thing because of how quickly stupidity travels over the internet. Two months ago, I’d never even heard the word ‘bae’ and now it’s everywhere. Come on guys. We don’t all have to jump on the stupidity bandwagon just because everyone else is.
What concerns me is that younger generations, who are already at a language disadvantage because of things like autocorrect and computers instead of pen and paper in high school, will grow up speaking a shortened, lazy version of English that we older (properly educated) generations don’t understand. As I said earlier, I understand and love that language is always changing. Change is good. But stupidity and laziness in language is bad. Word lovers across the world, unite against baes and other bad things, lest the lazy and stupid destroy language altogether.