I was about to type "please bare with me" into an email, but as I was about to type "bare", I realized that I wasn't sure which [Bare/Bear] was the correct usage of the phrase.

Doing my own research into it, there are entire blogs dedicated to the history of the phrase, but each with only one particular spelling, not mentioning the other, and each offering possible origins based on the single spelling they chose.

Most of these seem strictly opinion, leading to my question; Is there an official answer to this, as in a source to reference it against?

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"are it in mind" is incorrect. Read the definitions of the words "bear" and "bare." Bear in mind means to carry something in mind, to continue along a certain path in thinking, to bear (carry) a thought. "Bare with me," is also wrong. Bare means to remove something, to become bare (naked). Rely less on what you were told, and what you thought, because that's not the way to find the correct answer. Research will bear out the correct answer.

If you want to live on your own beliefs that are contrary to the actual facts (grammar is no more opinion based than math is), I have nothing to say about that kind of thinking. I do hope, however, that you come around to the realization that what the dictionary (all dictionaries) says on this one is correct.
Anonymousbare - archaic past of bear With that being said I think both can be used.
If you wished to use the archaic bare, you would use it only as a replacement for the past-tense form bore, not for the present-tense form bear. So, the word pronounced (in BrE) /beə)r)/ is correctly spelt only b e a r in "b... with me".
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