I know what bade means. It's the past tense of bid. Today I bid you farewell. Yesterday I bade you farewell.
That's not why I was looking it up. I looked it up because I wanted an official ruling on how to pronounce it.
On the rare occasions when I hear people use this word, they always pronounce it "bad." Seemed like a bad call to me. If they would pronounce it as ryhming with "made," there would be less chance of confusion. After all, "bad" is a very common word but "bayed" is pretty rare (despite the sudden emergence of werewolf chic).
So, at long (long, long) last, I looked it up.
"Bad" news. I was wrong.
Dictionary.com and Webster's New World College both said it's pronounced "bad," not "bayed."
Makes me wanna howl.