This Is Where The Word “Basic” Actually Comes From

Mystery solved. It started “in the ladies room.”

1. After a period of popularity, the word “basic” (as a pejorative term) appears to be declining in usage. Which is good — seems it was confusing many of you.


2. The thing is, though, “basic” is trendy, but it isn’t new. People have been calling bitches “basic” for the past 20 years. / Via Driadonna Roland / BuzzFeed

Well, almost 20.

3. Allow me to prove it, via this music video released way back in 1985.

Constellation / Via

You see, the ’80s were an age of edgy all-female groups, like Vanity 6 and The Mary Jane Girls.

4. One day, this six-piece pop/R&B group of funky divas by the name Klymaxx ran into an issue.

As the story goes, one of them heard that her man was up in the club, and that women there had their hands all over him.

5. Klymaxx member Bernadette Copper sets the scene with a #boss ass verse:

“I had to leave my condo to come to this
Well, I’m back, but this time I’m with my man
And these women are puttin their hands all over his
Yamamoto Kanzai sweater that I bought
And I’m much, much unhappy about that.”

6. What she says next (in so many words) is a question for the ages. Should I beat a bitch’s ass for touching my man?

“I’d hate to come down to their level and become a BW
A basic woman — but if they don’t stop it’s gonna get scandalous.”

Because, you know, doing so would make her basic too.

7. THIS is the man they’re fighting over, by the way.

Constellation / Via

The ladies cannot keep their hands off this shirtless, tied-up, pop-locking gent.

8. So, Bernadette rounds up the girls to discuss her quandary in what came to be known as “a meeting in the ladies room.”

Constellation / Via

9. (Also that thing you did last weekend where you took a photo in the club inside an empty frame? Yup, Klymaxx did it here too — in 1985.)

Thanks divas!

10. Anyways, for your “basic” history lesson, listen here:

MCA / Via YouTube

11. If you can locate a pre-Klymaxx usage of the word basic, please share!

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