From the NY Times interview with series creator/pilot screenwriter Vince Gilligan:
"Honestly, when I named our show 'Breaking Bad' I thought everyone was aware of this bit of slang, and it turns out nobody is except for the people in my hometown.
"But to break bad, when I was growing up, was to raise hell. 'Jim was down at the bar the other weekend, and he got really drunk and he really broke bad. He totaled his car.'
"The show might as well have been named 'Raising Hell,' but it would have sounded like a Clive Barker thing. A detective who sends people to hell or something."
NY Times 2/26/09 by Dave Itzkoff [Experience Project won't allow me to link to the article]
The name of the show came before the design concept of using chemical elements in the credits, despite a common assumption otherwise. The chemical formula for meth - carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen - is the first formula onscreen in the original credits.
A number also featured in the intro, 149.24, is the molecular mass of the methamphetamine compound.
Br is the chemical symbol for Bromide and Ba for Barium. There is none in meth, its formula is C10H15N.
Walter White would have so flunked you!
Breaking Bad is an ex
it's a type of slang for beryllium (Br) and barruim (Ba) on the table of elements, the main ingredients in meth. I
Wrong. bromine and barium have nothing to do with methamphetamine. nor, is it a slang for these two elements.
the term is a slang for turning one's life off the straight and narrow.
On the periodic table BR is bromine and BA is barium so I'm guessing that it has something to do with those compounds
Breaking bad means bowing up and getting ******* tough guy stupid. It's jail talk from down south. Trust me on this.....
"What mother f-er??? You breaking bad... Let's get crump...!!!!"
Acting tougher than you look.
Breaking Bad is a colloquialism originally peculiar to the American Southwest (e.g., New Mexico) that means straying from the righteous path into darker, murkier avenues where the lines of right and wrong become inexorably less clear. Thanks to the TV show, the term Breaking Bad, as with bounce (as in, "Yo, bounce, dude!") have become parts of the world lexicon and should appear in the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Well 'Breaking Bad' means going to the dark side, essentially leaving behind your morals and becoming an evil person or a person who has no regard for morality. The title of the series is stylised with the 'Br' and 'Ba' as these are the symbols for the elements bromine and barium which refer to the main character's job as a chemistry teacher in a high school.
i thought it was bad breath hahaha.. sounds like.. hahaha soorry no idea
It was in the pilot show. Means leaving the proper life and " breaking" out to a bad life.
Idiot wtf. Your breaking the boundaries of bad, even my retarded cat called "2Buddies" knows that! What a dumb question are you by any chance 5 years old...i doubt that 5 years don't watch breaking bad. I apologize if you have any mental disabilities and am sorry if you do and I have offended you. The elements WHICH ARE ON THE THEME AND IN THE CREDITS TELL YOU WHAT THEY ARE. Again I apologize if your blind. If not get your head checked out. Sad ****