Pharrell’s new video was released yesterday. The follow-up to “Happy” is titled “Come Get It Bae.”
The tune is catchy enough in a repetitious sort of way, and the video is fine, featuring a variety of models dancing for Pharrell’s movie camera. Miley Cyrus makes a cameo appearance, and sings background too.
But the thing causing the most discussion: what exactly does “bae” mean?
Lots of theories out there. These are the top two:
A shortened “babe.” Granted, both words are one syllable, but it’s far easier to pronounce a consonant and a vowel than to struggle over a consonant-vowel-consonant combo, don’t you think?
An acronym for “Before Anyone Else.” Meaning your bae is your number one, whatever you define number one to be.
Let’s see if this makes it into the Webster Dictionary this year – we can go from there.