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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?

bare

verb uncover and reveal.

bear1

verb (past bore; past part. borne) 5 manage to tolerate; endure: I can’t bear it. 6 (cannot bear) strongly dislike. 7 give birth to (a child). 8 (of a tree or plant) produce (fruit or flowers). 9 turn and proceed in a specified direction: bear left.

— PHRASE bear with be patient or tolerant with.
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bare with me: get naked/nudewith meEmotion: smile
I have just had the same problem. I found this website:

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/bare.html

It doesn't look very official but it does discuss both spellings.
I was about to do the same. The best explanation I heard was "Bearing the load." That truly makes sense, although the one that states "...so I had a line of naked people standing at my door." was the most memorable one. I think whichever helps you remember is the best one to keep in mind.
it's bare NOT bear.. a bear is an animal
Hi,
Did you read this thread before expressing your opinion?

Best wishes, Clive
Anonymousa bear is an animal
Oh dear! The animal is a noun. What is being discussed here is the verb, which is spelt "bear" and has nothing to do with being naked.
OKAY YA'LL GET READY TO GET EDUCATED, FOR I ALSO HAVE MADE THE SAME MISTAKE!!!!
TO USE:
PLEASE BARE WITH ME" - DOES ACTUALLY MEAN GET NAKED WITH ME!

PLEASE BEAR WITH ME" MEANS TO HAVE PATIENCE WITH ME BECAUSE THE ROOT WORD HERE YA'LL, IS
FOREBEAR / FOREBEARING!!!!!!!!!

YAY!!!! WE CAN ALL SLEEP WELL NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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