If you’re alive, you’ve heard someone use the term “bae.” And if you’re not alive, you probably shouldn’t be dating.
Questions of mortality aside, bae is essential reading for anyone wanting to make contact with the outside world right now.
Basically, bae is an acronym that’s used to refer to your boyfriend or girlfriend, or even just a crush or other important person in your life. Although the origins of the word are murky, it’s thought to stand for “before anyone else,” and it’s also likely that this word is just a shortened form of the classic “baby.”
To use “bae” in a sentence, just use it to replace your lover’s name, usually without adding the word “my.” So, for example, instead of saying, “I’m hanging out with Kelly tonight,” you’d simply say “I’m hanging out with bae tonight,” thereby saving yourself a whopping .032 seconds of speech time.
Up until the past couple of years, this word was largely confined to text, but since then, for better or for worse, it has crept into spoken language, as well.
And just in case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced the same as “bay.”