Latin for my fault. Mea being my. Culpa being fault or cause, also the root word for culpability.
Ok, shut up Mea Culpa!
Also from "Fuitcakes" by Jimmy Buffet:
Mea Culpa Mea Culpa Mea Maxima Culpa
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Sunshine: Oh, I included the wrong phrase into the example sentence! Mea culpa.
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A latin phrase meaning "my fault" used mainly by politicians where the action or behavior for which fault is admitted is indefensible and/or inexcusable; the phrase is employed in order to admit fault less bluntly and in a way that is not readily comprehended as such by the general population.
President Clinton eventually abandoned his efforts to explain away or defend his affair with Monica Lewinsky in the White House, and instead, Clinton's attorney issued his Client's "mea culpa" with respect to the affair.
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It sort of means 'my bad' but it's more like 'yes this was my fault but I can incorporate Latin phrases into my conversation so I'm still better person than you especially as you're going to have to google this phrase. (NB. Can also be used in a tongue in cheek way by some decent people who don't realise lots of people don't know what they mean). Entered more into the public consciousness following the use of this phrase by Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
Mea Culpa, I was wrong to say Mr Corbyn voted against the Good Friday agreement
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"through/by my fault"

an admission of guilt and culpability.

latin--both words are in the ablative; syntactically here the "ablative of means"

It's not really "my bad" as much as it is, "this happened because of my problem." it isn't nearly as casual, and significantly more causal.

Don Imus:
The Rutgers team is composed of nappy-headed ho's!

Sharpton/various self-serving whistleblowers:
blah blah blah racism

Don Imus: mea culpa, please don't fire me.
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my bad, or my bag. when you have made a mistake and are apologizing.
I hit your car with a rock? my bad.
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Tim: Dude, you drink all the milk.
John: Mea culpa canis
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