This Is Where The Word "Basic" Actually Comes From

    Mystery solved. It started "in the ladies room."

    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.

    The thing is, though, "basic" is trendy, but it isn't new. People have been calling bitches "basic" for the past 20 years.

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

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

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

    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.

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

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

    (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.)

    Anyways, for your "basic" history lesson, listen here:

    View this video on YouTube

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