Trendsetters: Listen to the Mets' broadcasters learn what 'bae' means
Chances are if you're not in high school, you may not know what "bae" means. Until a few months ago, I didn't. I thought maybe it was a Beyonce thing. Or that people were shortening "baby." Or maybe it even stood for Ballet Academy East in New York.
But no, as brands have hopped on the "bae" train over the last few months (thereby destroying any cultural cachet it once held), no one in modern society has any excuse to not know that it means "before anyone else." An acceptable use would be, following yet another Mike Trout highlight-reel catch: "Mike Trout bae <3."
Turns out that the folks at SNY were ahead of everyone except the high school glitterati. You could even say they were "on fleek." (Maybe? I'm sorry, the English language doesn't make sense anymore.)
On July 13, with the Mets holding a sizeable lead, Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez debated what bae meant, veering between some kind of "buh-bye" phrase before, after a quick check of the urban dictionary, learning that it is also a Danish word. Which means, well, it's better left unsaid.
So what does it look like when a professional broadcaster looks up a piece of modern American slang only to learn its Danish definition? I'm glad you asked.
I also call this one, "My mom and dad using a tablet at any time."
So remember, everyone out there: before you call your significant other "bae," maybe think of the alternate meaning first.