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Old 07-07-2010, 12:32 PM
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"I'll be in my bunk" -- origin?

I didn't know the origin (if the Urban Dictionary is correct) of this phrase until the other day. I'm curious how many people know where it was first used, without searching.

I gotta say, I was tickled to hear it, and surprised that it was so recent. I figured it had been around for a long time, and that it originated on the Dope.

Without looking at responses (if there are any), do you know?
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I gather it was from

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Firefly.
Old 07-07-2010, 12:38 PM
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Spoilering since so far I'm close to the top of the page:
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I think it's from Firefly, after Kaylee complains about something sexual (the line about not having had anything "twixt my nethers" comes to mind) and Jayne says, "I'll be in my bunk."
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Old 07-07-2010, 12:46 PM
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Pretty sure it's
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Jayne, from Firefly
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Old 07-07-2010, 12:49 PM
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I assume it was from:

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Firefly. Jayne says it when he sees that Inara is sleeping with a woman.
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Seriously, though, has this phrase gotten to the point that people unaware of its origin use it?

???
Old 07-07-2010, 12:51 PM
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Wow...
That IS amusing.

Also, I have to say that having 5 posters reply the same in 14 minutes is rather amusing as well.
Old 07-07-2010, 12:53 PM
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Seriously, though, has this phrase gotten to the point that people unaware of its origin use it?

???
Seems so, I like seeing memes being created under my very eyes.
Old 07-07-2010, 01:02 PM
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Seriously, though, has this phrase gotten to the point that people unaware of its origin use it?

???
Well, it's not as if Firefly was all that popular. Because if it was, it (a) wouldn't have been cancelled and (b) the movie would've actually made enough money to warrant a sequel.
Old 07-07-2010, 01:06 PM
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Well, it's not as if Firefly was all that popular. Because if it was, it (a) wouldn't have been cancelled and (b) the movie would've actually made enough money to warrant a sequel.
The proportion of internet users who are fans of Firefly is an order of magnitude higher than the proportion of the general population who are fans of Firefly. That goes up another order of magnitude of you limit the internet users to Dopers.
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Jayne was all kinds of awesome.

And now, I'm slightly depressed because the show isn't around anymore.
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Okay so we know where it's from, but there are several different recollections of what prompted it. What's the actual motivation for <that guy> to say it? Was it <character played by J.S.> and her non-twixted nethers or was it <character played by M.B.> caught in a sapphic clutch? Or something altogether different?
Old 07-07-2010, 01:13 PM
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Okay so we know where it's from, but there are several different recollections of what prompted it. What's the actual motivation for <that guy> to say it? Was it <character played by J.S.> and her non-twixted nethers or was it <character played by M.B.> caught in a sapphic clutch? Or something altogether different?
Oh, don't take my guess as gospel. I've only seen the series once, and it was a while ago.
Old 07-07-2010, 01:14 PM
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I gotta say, I was tickled to hear it, and surprised that it was so recent. I figured it had been around for a long time, and that it originated on the Dope.
Really?
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Seriously, though, has this phrase gotten to the point that people unaware of its origin use it?
Yes. I don't even know what Firefly is, yet I've heard this phrase used repeatedly here.
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Okay so we know where it's from, but there are several different recollections of what prompted it. What's the actual motivation for <that guy> to say it? Was it <character played by J.S.> and her non-twixted nethers or was it <character played by M.B.> caught in a sapphic clutch? Or something altogether different?
The clutch, I believe. The other matter was what prompted Cap'n Tightpants to say that he didn't need to know that.
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Here is the moment he first says it.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xrFaTjcNzZM
Old 07-07-2010, 01:17 PM
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It's from "War Stories":

Book: Oh, my.
Kaylee: Oh, gosh, I - I-I knew she took female clients, I just... They look so glamourous together.
Jayne: [beat] I'll be in my bunk.
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Balance - And Jayne says, "I could hear more..."

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Old 07-07-2010, 01:28 PM
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It's from
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that Firefly episode
, right?!

Yeah it is.

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Old 07-07-2010, 01:42 PM
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I just assumed it's from

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American Pie or one of its sequels.
Old 07-07-2010, 01:47 PM
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Really?
It's the only board where I've seen it used. It's also the only board where I see people say "Ooh, shiny!". But I have seen the "distracted by a shiny object" elsewhere.

Yeah, I don't get around much.
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I just assumed it was from:

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The Waltons.
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Actually, we just say "Shiny," using it to mean "Kewl" or "OK." "Ooh, shiny" means something else completely.
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Never heard the phrase or heard of "Firefly" except on this board.
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I'm going to share this great image now. (Firefly yes, bunk-related no.)
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The "twixt my nethers" line comes from the movie, and IIRC, the captain's response was, "I can't know that!"

I don't know about the "orders of magnitude" thing. I believe the fans of Firefly are approximately 100% of the people who have seen Firefly ... aside from a few malcontents whose existence we hardly need to acknowledge.
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Seriously, though, has this phrase gotten to the point that people unaware of its origin use it?

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I figured it had been around for a long time, and that it originated on the Dope.
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Really?
I'm with AuntiePam -- I actually saw the original run of Firefly, but that particular scene never stuck with me. So when I started seeing it on this board, it struck me as something that probably had been around for a long time.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:05 PM
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The only reason I'm aware that there was something called Firefly is this board. I've never seen, read or heard a reference to it anywhere else. As for the phrase in question, I'm pretty sure I have only seen it here, and didn't need to know where it came from to enjoy it. It gets over-used, IMO, but there are times when it still makes me laugh.
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Seriously, though, has this phrase gotten to the point that people unaware of its origin use it?
Believe it or not, but most people haven't watched Firefly.
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Believe it or not, but most people haven't watched Firefly.
That unpossible
Old 07-07-2010, 03:58 PM
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Seriously, though, has this phrase gotten to the point that people unaware of its origin use it?

???
Whoops, I mis-read your quote in my last post, so I apologize for my snarkiness. I thought you had said "Seriously, though, has this phrase gotten to the point that people are unaware of its origin?"

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Believe it or not, but most people haven't watched Firefly.
I know. That's my point.



Did you read my post?

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I know. That's my point.



Did you read my post?

I guess you missed my follow-up, just above?

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Whoops, I mis-read your quote in my last post, so I apologize for my snarkiness. I thought you had said "Seriously, though, has this phrase gotten to the point that people are unaware of its origin?"
Methinks you are not the only one.

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We will continue to use it, because it's pretty.
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I'm going to share this great image now. (Firefly yes, bunk-related no.)
My new wallpaper!
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I saw Firefly rather later than many folks on this board, such that I was already aware of "I'll be in my bunk" before I saw it. So when I did see that episode, my reaction was something like "Oh, so that's where that's from".
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Never watched Firefly and didn't know it originated there. I thought it was from the military (going to your bunk), but for similar reasons that were explained above.
Old 07-07-2010, 06:32 PM
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I was absolutely positive you guys were wrong, so I went over to Google groups (my default pop culture reference search spot) to check it out. But...

Indeed the very first use found was from Jul 24, 2003 citing you know what.

Wow.

I'll be in my cot of shame.
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I saw Firefly rather later than many folks on this board, such that I was already aware of "I'll be in my bunk" before I saw it. So when I did see that episode, my reaction was something like "Oh, so that's where that's from".
Same here--in fact I only saw Firefly early this year, via Netflix. (Loved it; watched the whole series and the movie in the space of about a week.) But the meaning of the "bunk" phrase was always obvious, so it had never occurred to me that it was a specific reference.
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I knew it was from Firefly, which I first saw in...I guess 2005? Something like that. Before Serenity (which I saw in previews) came out.

I just wanted to add that I do see it in other places, but mostly they are very nerd-friendly. It's not just here on the SDMB.
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I knew it was from Firefly, which I first saw in...I guess 2005? Something like that. Before Serenity (which I saw in previews) came out.

I just wanted to add that I do see it in other places, but mostly they are very nerd-friendly. It's not just here on the SDMB.
I've seen it often on FARK.
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:53 PM
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I'm usually the last person to hear of any Internet meme.

This is a case in point. I never heard of this phrase until this thread!
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Okay so we know where it's from, but there are several different recollections of what prompted it. What's the actual motivation for <that guy> to say it? Was it <character played by J.S.> and her non-twixted nethers or was it <character played by M.B.> caught in a sapphic clutch? Or something altogether different?
It's can't be the "twixt my nethers" line because that was in the movie and Jayne uses the phrase in the TV series which preceded it.

Jayne whips it out whenever something even vaguely sexual is said, particularly involving two women, just before he disappears. Presumably, he is exiting the scene to go to his bunk, as stated.
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I've never seen Firefly so I did not know the origin of this obnoxious SDMB catchphrase. Thanks to this thread I can now add it to the list of reasons why I hate Joss Whedon.
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