No Thanks

For as long as I can remember, I have always hated slang terms. I don’t understand why we use them; they’re completely pointless. In my honest opinion, all you’re doing is confusing the people who don’t know what your “new word” means, and sounding like you don’t understand language.

Okay, that sounded like I was starting a rant. I just really don’t get why slang is even a thing.

So you clearly see where this is going. If I could permanently ban any word from being used on a daily basis, it would be a slang term. And not all slang terms—I’m only allowed to ban one—but a specific one that makes me cringe in disgust.

The word I’m banning is bae.

I don’t know who the person is that came up with the idea of this “word”, but this is my hate letter to that person.

The fact that people use it to point out a person that gives them butterflies—or whatever you get when you think of your person of interest—is totally ridiculous. What happened to crush or boo or boyfriend or girlfriend or whatever the hell the person is to you? Why did bae have to be a thing?

How did so many people think that word was such a good idea, that it’s universally known?

I’m not going to lie, I’ve thought these things about many other slang terms created in the last decade, but bae hits a chord that actually makes me twitch. It is one thing when you use it ironically, but when it’s out of actual affection, it just doesn’t sound right. I’m a pretty open-minded person, but not when it comes to this.

There are so many other terms to use, so why did bae become a thing? Who knows. I do know that it’s supposed to be an anagram for Before Anything Else, but people who don’t even know that bit of information use it like it’s Babe, Honey, or Sweetheart. Honey and Sweetheart are cute, but even Babe is overused and has become boring. Bae is just…stupid.

Here are some things to call your significant other, instead of cringe-worthy “bae”:

  • Their actual name
  • A personalized nickname of their actual name
  • Weird nicknames that come out of inside jokes
  • Weird nicknames in general (i.e., Dumblesnore, Bumblebee, Playa)
  • Their last name
  • Terms of endearment (Honey, Sweetie, Love)

So there you have it: a whole lot of me complaining about the word bae. You happy?


Prompt: If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

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