Time magazine has once again “Columbused” a slang term that originated in the black community. Its explanation of the term “bae” is a poor attempt to explain black terminology to the masses. The magazine is a repeat offender in this area, since it has also “explained” the term “twerking” to its readership.
It’s almost as though the mainstream media believes that these terms only become popular once they’ve been used by white public figures. Curious. This type of media frenzy over new “black slang” isn’t new. It’s an age-old phenomenon for “black proverbs” to be co-opted by the mainstream media—often with no credit given to the originators. In case Time wants to explain any other black slang, we’ve compiled a handy guide:
“Basic” is a modern term for “simple,” “pedestrian” or “common.”
Usage: “Her choice of attire is so basic. But it’s Keyshia Cole, so I expect nothing better.”
2. Turnt up.
When one is participating in celebratory activities, such as a party, one can be “turnt up.” It can be argued that this term comes from the Roscoe Dash song “All the Way Turnt Up.”
Usage: “I’m gonna be more turnt up tonight than Solange in an elevator. All these Jay Zs better keep it cute.”
3. Hit that “Nae-Nae.”