Fad or Flop: “BAE”

By Sarah Smagur
Opinions Editor

There are many terms we use to describe our significant others, and through the years, these terms have shifted dramatically.
The newest trend I have been accustom to is: bae. When I first heard this, I had no idea what it meant. I wracked my brain
trying to figure it out and then, like most people I decided it was just short for baby.
For those of you who don’t know, bae supposidly stands for, “before anyone else.”
So, let me get this right, you’re running around calling people bae, meaning that in your life they come first? What an incredible
honor. What on earth did you possibly do to deserve such a title? Does their family know? That could get awkward.
An article published in TIME Magazine on July 23 of this year dispels all rumors about the true meaning of bae.
“One tale supposes that bae is in fact the acronym BAE, standing for ‘before anyone else.’ But people often like to make up such
origin stories that linguists later discover were absolute poppycock,” says TIME. “Others argue that bae is simply a shortened version
of babe, which would similarly account for the rare ae juxtapostion. Slangsters do love to embrace the “dropped letter” versions of
slang words. When cool gets old, there is coo. When crazy gets tiresome, there is cray. You could do me a solid, or just do me a sol.”
They also provided us with a great example of using bae in our everyday lives: “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.
Unless you are Jay-Z, you can’t get away with saying something as stupid as bae. You just can’t. Maybe not even if you are Jay-Z.
According to the ever credible Urban Dictionary, bae is also a term used by Danish people to descirbe poop. That’s just not cute.
And if you think it is, you’re probably the du-du bandit.
While I know you are just attempting to show your affection to your significant other, let’s take a step back and realize there are
much sweeter things we can call eachother than bae.
All things considered, I am going to have to bring the ruling down, as a flop.