BAD (case-sensitive in this instance) is a critique of American society and global Americanization by Paul Fussell. "What's the difference between bad and BAD? Bad is something like dog-do on the sidewalk, or a failing grade, or a case of scarlet fever--something no one ever said was good. BAD is different. It is something phony, clumsy, witless, untalented, vacant, or boring that many Americans can be persuaded is genuine, graceful, bright, or fascinating. Lawrence Welk is a low example, George Bush a high. For a thing to be really BAD, it must exhibit elements of the pretentious, the overwrought, or the fraudulent. Bathroom faucets that cut your fingers are bad. If gold-plated, they are BAD. Dismal food is bad. Dismal food pretentiously served in a restaurant associated with the word gourmet is BAD. Being alert to this distinction is a large part of the fun of being alive today, in a moment teeming with raucously overvalued emptiness and trash." Fussell then proceeds to skewer

and round it all out with a chapter called "The Dumbing of America" (which is also the subtitle of the book).

backward combatability = B = Bad and Wrong

BAD /B-A-D/ adj.

[IBM: acronym, `Broken As Designed'] Said of a program that is bogus because of bad design and misfeatures rather than because of bugginess. See working as designed.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

Bad (?), imp. of Bid.

Bade. [Obs.]



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Bad (?), a. [Compar. Worse (?); superl. Worst (?). ] [Probably fr. AS. baeddel hermaphrodite; cf. baedling effeminate fellow.]

Wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; -- the opposite of good; as a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad health; bad crop; bad news.

Sometimes used substantively.

The strong antipathy of good to bad.

Syn. -- Pernicious; deleterious; noxious; baneful; injurious; hurtful; evil; vile; wretched; corrupt; wicked; vicious; imperfect.


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