Ree, have you not learned from past experience that correcting me it is a futile endeavor? (and one that will have me reaching for the reference books). Don’t tell me you’ve already forgotten "the great Pithy debate of 2006"?
"Alternately, if you insist on heading down the Dingo/Barbie track, wouldn’t the correct title be "The Dingo Ate My Barbie"?
Because the line from the movie was ‘The Dingo Ate My Baby’."
Lets start with the movie A Cry in the Dark (1988, Sam Neil, Meryl Streep. Released in Oz as Evil Angels): the quote is actually "the dingo’s got my baby".
On the other hand, Dingoes Ate My Baby is the name of Oz’s (Willow’s boyfriend) band in Buffy.
But the actual quote is "My God, my God, the dingo’s got
my baby!" If you want to read more I’ve included it below. If you want the whole story follow this link.
On August 17, 1980, at a
campsite near Australia’s famous Ayer’s Rock,
a mother’s cry came out of the dark: "My God, my God, the dingo’s got
my baby!" Soon the people of an entire continent would be
sides in a debate over whether the cry heard that night marked an
astonishing and rare human fatality caused by Australia’s wild dogs
or was, rather, in the words of the man who would eventually prosecute
her for murder, "a calculated, fanciful lie." A jury of nine men
three women came to believe the latter story and convicted Lindy
Chamberlain for the murder of her ten-week-old daughter, Azaria.
You can find numerous references to either "Dingoes Ate My Baby" or "A
Dingo Ate My Baby", but they invariably turn out to be blogs whose
authors are not Australian, and therefore don’t know shit (in fact
several are quite candid in stating that the phrase was used solely as
an attention getter, too bad they didn’t look it up first). Do your own search
if you don’t believe me.
PS. Lindy and Michael Chamberlain were Seventh Day Adventists who lived at Cooranbong (small SDA town) which was a ten minute drive from where MDW and I lived in our first house.
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