#TIMETitles: Twitter Clowns Time For Essay On The Meaning Of ‘Bae’

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July 24, 2014 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Well folks, prepare to say R.I.P to the term “bae” because mainstream America has officially gotten ahold of it and y’all know how they can run things into the ground. Yesterday, Time decided to explore the meaning of “bae.” Apparently, the piece was inspired by the music video for Pharrell’s latest single, “Come Get It Bae.” An excerpt from the essay reads:

“On Wednesday, Pharrell dropped a video for his new single, “Come Get It Bae,” which may immediately raise some questions, such as “Come get what?” and “What in the world does bae mean, anyway?”

The short answer: Though this word was used in the 1500s to refer to sheep sounds, today bae is used as a term of endearment, often referring to your boyfriend or girlfriend. Or perhaps a prospect who might one day hold such a lofty position.

Say, for instance, you post a picture of you on a yacht with Beyonce and you just so happen to be Jay-Z. You might give that photo a caption like, “Just another Tuesday with my bae. #surfbort”

After pondering the term’s meaning for a bit longer, the essay concluded with advice on when it’s appropriate to use “bae.”

“A good rule of thumb for now at least: if you would use the words boo or babe in some circumstance, you can probably used bae.”

Of course, in no time, Black Twitter caught wind of the article and the hilarity ensued under #TIMETitles.

 

Ha!

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  • MsLadyE

    “Fix it Jesus: Christianity and Home Improvement”–I’m gone!!! LOL

  • Kenedy

    Ok….CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME…..WHO IS FELICIA? Lol…seriously though, who is she?

  • Mya

    They have a way of making us look like animals in a petting zoo. Ooh-ing and aah-ing about the most mundane things in our culture. Now a thesis on effing ‘bae’. Really? Out with ‘getting jiggy wit it.’

    • scandalous7

      exactly! like when they did that article about twerking. FOH!

  • LiiSH

    Too Funny!

  • K. Rawls

    I really don’t care for the term at all. It sounds so silly to me every time I hear it…..Those hash tags were funny though lol

  • JAE

    I’m from Southwest Louisiana and I’ve heard “BAE” all my life. My grandmother, aunties and alot of women from down home often called me “bae” as a term of endearment, kind of like “sweetie” or “honey.” They did this to their husbands, and other people, too. My family and I have noticed how this word has spread across America as of recent times.

  • JAE

    I’m from Southwest Louisiana and I’ve heard “BAE” all my life. My grandmother, aunties and alot of women from down home often called me “bae” as a term of endearment, kind of like “sweetie” or “honey.” They did this to their husbands, and other people, too. My family and I have noticed how this word has spread across America as of recent times.

  • Alana

    Is this for rizzle my nizzle? Lol.

    • BU

      Fa Shizzy My Nizzy or should I say Fashizzle My Nizzle… OMG I just got Scrappieded… Sorry.

  • southen sweet tea

    just like baby daddy. i hate that word and to add insult to injury they say it like a compound word

  • Yolanda Harris

    I can’t believe someone actually used up time they’ll never get back writing this article! But the tweets were hysterical! LOL

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    lol they went in ha-f*cking-larious!!!

  • Trisha_B

    Hate the word “bae.” Just say babe. It’s not like it’s an extra long word lol. I also saw on Instagram Bae stands for “before anyone else” -____-

    • TC

      Yes I saw the ‘before anyone else’ as well but I dont think anyone really uses it in that context. I hate bae altogether anyone. Really is saying babe too much effort??

    • BabyBlue

      I’d rather be called my government name then the word bae the spelling of it PIS.S.ESS me off

  • Lissa329

    I died and came back to life!!! Twice!

  • Theresa K

    Hell, I’m black and I didn’t know what BAE meant until about a month ago. I thought it was people not knowing that the proper word was babe. And I didn’t know what “Bye Felecia” was until MN posted it a few weeks ago. But growing up my parents didn’t allow us to speak slang so, I never gained an appreciation for it. Some of this stuff I assumed was terms used by teenagers and college-aged people. Go figure.

    • JAE

      I’m from Southwest Louisiana and I’ve heard “BAE” all my life. My grandmother, aunties and alot of women from down home often called me “bae” as a term of endearment, kind of like “sweetie” or “honey.” They did this to their husbands, and other people, too. My family and I have noticed how this word has spread across America as of recent times

      • Theresa K

        I grew up in Arkansas, and I have always heard people use it, but i just attributed it to country folks and their lazy tongues. Lol. Too lazy to say babe, which is a one syllable word itself. I personally, hate the word. It sounds impersonal and detached to me. But I guess I’m just particular about things like that. I feel the same about the word “boo”. Never ever liked it. It sounds like something you call your side piece.

      • hate to see you get ganked

        yeah bae is very common down south. when I was their dating my old boyfriend he always called me that. very much a term of endearment. my mom calls me bae too. #sweet

  • Bry Shonyea

    Black Twitter always gives me a good laugh “Fix It Jesus: Christianity and home improvement” my fav because I always say that.! Anyway we shouldn’t be surprised. I’m from the south && the word Bae has been a long way before me. It shouldn’t be surprising every time we have something popular in the black community mainstream gets a hold of it && it gets outta control.

  • Sunshinegirl

    FINALLLY!! You don’t have to click on 57 pages to read the tweets. Just put ‘em all on one page like every other site.

    • Yanez

      I said the same thing. I hope they keep this up because from now on when I see multiple pages I won’t read any further.

      • Sunshinegirl

        I don’t. I just move right along because nobody has time to click on all that foolishness.

  • Jen

    But Bae is a lazy way of saying Baby ….

    • heyheyno

      I thought so too lol now they are attaching acronyms and ish no bae is short baby because black folks love shortening words lol even a four letter word is too long lol

  • Shainna Tucker

    I lost it at ” Who is Felicia and why does she always have to leave” lmao!

  • DoinMe

    White people can be so corny. Did they really need an essay to dissect the word bae to understand it? Those tweets are funny as h3ll though.

    • MiaSara

      Right! They hate us yet they copy us religiously. I’ll bet if we all packed up and moved to our own part of the world, as soon we started to thrive they would bring their pale behinds right where we are, then they’d collectively ask us “Why are you people following us!?”

  • MiaSara

    I blame all you blks who gave Eminem street cred. Soon as yall let him in, they’ve been hopping the border like illegals.

    • Rosetta Stone

      ROTFLMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • T. T.

    How dare we as black americans try to have our own identity after the only ones we’ve ever known was stripped and beaten away from us to break us down as far as possible. We need to share everything we have because if we don’t we’ll have something to ourselves that we can claim and finally call our own and that just can’t happen!!!

    • Laine

      Hmm… calm down. I think you’re overreacting a bit….:-). Even though I agree with you, this is not the case now. It’s just a word, and might I add, a rather obnoxious word. The word “babe” is only one syllable, it didn’t need to be shortened even further. Just like the word “nah”. Let’s hope “white people” start to use that too, so that we can retire it…lol

      • blackdolphin

        I Do beleive T.T. was being sarcastic.

      • Lex

        Sarcasm dear lol

        • Laine

          Haha….okay… I didn’t catch it…Sorry TT..:-)

        • Annette

          She was being sarcastic, but she was also bringing it back to slavery times, which was a little over the top for a word.

      • Tatiana Green

        it’s not just a shorter word for babe actually so your argument is moot. Bae stands for “before anyone else”

  • Lex

    LMAO….this is hilarious!! Like wtf?!

  • SJKE29

    Lol. I don’t have a twitter account, but I consider it everytime I see stuff like this. “Who is Felicia and why does she always have to leave?” I need CPR after reading that.

    • BabyBlue

      I died after I read that.

  • TC

    I am just too weak from the “She wants the D” title hahahahaha. I wish time magazine would put these articles out for real that would save me from all the random questions I get from my co-workers as I am the only young woman of color around. Everyone else is 50+ and of Eastern European descent.