This is What ‘Bae’ Means

This is What ‘Bae’ Means
Katy Steinmetz @katysteinmetz July 23, 2014

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. Continue reading


No, Baden Eunson, english is not vulnerable in Straya

No, Baden Eunson, English is not vunerable in Straya


It’s that old conservative chestnut. We’ve lost our way. We’re falling into an amoral, amorphous, or—in the case of linguistic conservatism—ungrammatical purgatory. But fear not! Redemption is at hand! Just some simple alterations to your accent, to reflect centuries-outdated pronunciation preserved in an obscure, inefficient orthography, and you’ll be saved! Continue reading

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today
Think hyperbole rhymes with Super Bowl? Don’t worry, it could be the start of something beautiful

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Not a nadder any more. Photograph: Natural England/PA
Someone I know tells a story about a very senior academic giving a speech. Students shouldn’t worry too much, she says, if their plans “go oar-y” after graduation. Confused glances are exchanged across the hall. Slowly the penny drops: the professor has been pronouncing “awry” wrong all through her long, glittering career. Continue reading