Originally Posted by shogun
Was "breaking bad" a common term before the show? I honestly never heard of it before the show. I would've guessed it was a positive thing since it sounds like someone breaking a bad habit or behavior.
It was a term but not common. So uncommon that I never caught on when just seeing/hearing the title. It was only until Jesse said it to Walt that the meaning re-clicked in my head. Before the show, I honestly probably only heard the term 3 times in my life
May be a different case in other regions
Originally Posted by Rusty Shackelford
I find it funny how people say Walt jr "broke bad" by trying to buy alcohol underaged,
if that's all it takes than some of ya'll might as well be Heisenberg yourselves.
There's probably degrees to it depending on how generally strict you want to be about the law or morality/ethics.
To me when it's used as "breaking", that part implies some sort of continuous or repetitive "bad" action more times than not.