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what does "breaking bad" actually mean?

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    yuriythebest

    [1]Feb 25, 2008
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    It's an awesome show, but what does "breaking bad" actually mean? Is it like "becoming more than bad"?
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    tjaman

    [2]Feb 25, 2008
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    Pink challenged Walt about his sudden interest in cooking meth and getting into a life of crime in the pilot episode:'

    "What, you just decided to break bad one day?"

    That's based on my dodgy memory so it's probably not exact, but that's the impression I got from what he said, yeah.
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    isakab

    [3]Feb 25, 2008
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    From Wikipedia:
    "The title of the series comes from the American Southwest slang phrase "to break bad," meaning to challenge conventions, to defy authority and to skirt the edges of the law. The series is set in (and is shot in and near) Albuquerque, New Mexico."
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    yuriythebest

    [4]Feb 25, 2008
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    cool thanks!
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    Boratbizotch

    [5]Feb 25, 2008
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    It basically just means to change your attitude and begin to do dangerous things that would be considered lawbreaking. Things you wouldnt normally have done before your "broke bad".
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    Synetech

    [6]Aug 29, 2012
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    Apparently it’s an actual southern colloquialism (analogous to breaking into show-business). The problem is that because like many, not having lived in the American South, I had never heard the term, so it seems like a neologism. Worse, there is now a show called Breaking Amish and I have no idea whether its title is based on Breaking Bad, or a reference to the existing phrase (especially since it seems to go counter to the correct meaning).
    Edited on 08/29/2012 8:37am
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