On Wednesday, Pharrell Williams released the music video for Come Get it Bae featuring friend Miley Cyrus. He also shared this photo to Instagram of them on set, with the caption “Thank you to my lil sis @mileycyrus. All we know how to do is be silly and have fun. #ComeGetItBae.”
Leading some fans to ask (moreover to search) what “Come Get it Bae”, moreover “bae” even means.
Pharrell feat. Miley Cyrus: Come Get it Bae music video
The word “bae” is thought to have come from a photo in which a young woman can be seen pretending to sleep.
She shared a photo with the caption “Lol bae caught me slippin. Love him. Goodnight from us”, as in “Haha. My babe/boyfriend caught me sleeping” – although, she can be seen in the mirror behind her holding her own camera and taking a selfie while pretending to sleep and pretending a third-party is in the room.
This photo has since gone viral and become a meme. “Bae” is thought to be an a neologism and contraction of sorts of the word “babe”. Making it a synonym for other affectionate nicknames such as “honey,” “baby”, or “boo.”
Other sources, including Urban Dictionary, have another definition. Claiming B.A.E. is an acronym that means “before anyone else”, as in “Boy: I love you bae.” Which seems more like a “backronym” and inaccurate. An entry from a year ago, however, had the very different definition of “bastardization of the term ‘babe’”.
Incidentally, fans of Miley Cyrus’ ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth jokingly call him “Simple bae”, as in the “lesser”, simpler Hemsworth brother compared to older Chris Hemsworth.