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← He's baaack: Selfish Gene author pens one for the kids

Functional Atheist's Avatar Jump to comment 11 by Functional Atheist

@10 Maybe the marketers for one of the "Elm Street" sequels appropriated the phrase, but its origin in pop culture--with the distinctive two-syllable pronunciation of "baa-aack"--is the movie "Poltergeist".

The blonde little girl in the film said specifically "They're baa-aack," but the pronoun is much less important than the spookiness of the drawn-out second word. The phrase has become sufficiently pervasive that it often has a comic implication, as in the case with this headline.

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 00:35:23 UTC | #876482