I have never understood this line. Why did Mr. Universe say this? Is it just some goofy thing or does he mean, perhaps, that after the huge fight, she would be tired?

EDIT: Maybe it is just the punctuation, verbally, that threw me -- If he said it like "Which she would be: sleepy." The comma after the "which" -- that's how he said it -- was weird.

Now if he had said, "Of course, she would be sleepy." I would not have asked the question.

But the cool thing about Firefly is how they suggest language would change -- I loved the occasional Mandarin thrown in, iirc at least sometimes without subtitles. And words like "shiny" -- maybe there are some other examples.

And perhaps this strange way of saying stuff was a deliberate attempt to show how language had changed -- maybe even a professional linguist as technical adviser suggested this.

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    You answered your own question :-) Mr Universe: [Watching the recording of the bar fight] You guys always bring me the very best violence. [They watch the rest of the fight, which ends with Simon shouting a safe word that causes River to lose consciousness] Mr Universe: ...And she falls asleep. Which, she would be sleepy.
    – wcullen
    Dec 12, 2019 at 2:36
  • To get a real answer, you might want to migrate to English Language and Usage. Questions like "Is this construction standard in any variety of English?" are fairly common over there.
    – The Photon
    Dec 12, 2019 at 21:25
  • i can say as a native speaker of english for almost 60 years that was something i had not heard before.
    – releseabe
    Dec 12, 2019 at 21:31
  • "maybe there are some other examples." I believe in the episode "Heart of Gold" (maybe?) Nandi asks Mal if he is 'sly', which is 'Verse slang for 'gay', or maybe 'gay on the DL,' which I thought was pretty cool.
    – Lexible
    Dec 13, 2019 at 3:50
  • i was thinking how lazy by comparison Star Trek is about evolution of English -- and yet: the actually made up Klingonese and Vulcan. But Star Trek missed many things while be amazing in other areas.
    – releseabe
    Dec 13, 2019 at 4:06

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I always got the impression that she'd be sleepy because she just tore up a bar and fought a lot of people thus making her pretty tired.

Fighting is a high energy consumption activity after all

  • yes, as i edited my question, i just think he said it weirdly.
    – releseabe
    Dec 12, 2019 at 9:23
  • Yeah in my head its more like "Which to be fair, she would be sleepy"
    – DaP
    Dec 12, 2019 at 9:24
  • exactly. i also just changed my question to suggest that along with words like "shiny" this was also an example of what english might be like in 500 years.
    – releseabe
    Dec 12, 2019 at 9:30
  • A lot of people on this and other sites phrase their questions in ways that seem rather strange to me, making me suspect that maybe English isn't their first language or maybe I might be a few hundred years older than I think and out of touch with modern English. Dec 12, 2019 at 15:00

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