I recently used this saying in a e-mail and realized afterward that I had no idea if I used the correct term: “bear” or “bare.” I then realized that was because I have no idea of the meaning behind this saying.
As it turns out, it’s much easier to remember which spelling to use if you know the whole story. (As is often the case in life in general.) 🙂
• verb uncover and reveal.
• 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.
So the confusion falls with what “bear” means. It’s not the noun, like grizzly or black bear, but the verb. And to say “please bare with me” is suggesting someone ought to get naked with you. Oops! So bear with me while I get this all straight. 🙂