I first heard "baa ram ewe" from the sheep
in Warcraft 2
. If you click on the units repeatedly they'll start getting annoyed with you. The sheep say "baa ram ewe" when they get annoyed. I always thought it was a cute way of saying "god damn you
", since they sound similar phonetically
I was talking to my girlfriend, and for some reason said "baa ram ewe". Surprisingly, she laughed. I thought I had been making an obscure Warcraft 2
reference. I asked her about it, and it turns out a sheep in the movie Babe
said "Baa ram ewe".
Since then I started wondering which came first. I just looked it up and found that Warcraft 2
were both released in 1995
. So no easy answer from the release dates.
It's also possible that the two are unrelated: a friend suggested that "Baa ram ewe" was a statement in (un)common use before Babe OR Warcraft was released. Hence making both of them culture references. That sounds like the most likely origin to me.