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Old 10-30-2002, 11:04 AM
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BUH-BYE!! BUH-BYE!! Where did that come from, anyway?

It seems that one of the most noticeable expressions brought to us by the new century is "Buh-BYE", said when the speaker wants to tell someone to leave and at the same time let them know that they are a jerk, or an idiot, or whatever. I've seen it used here by a Mod when banning somebody, and in last Sunday's episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, it was very prominently featured in a scene where somebody has had quite enough of Larry David's company.

So... where did this expression come from? Was there some specific movie or TV show recently, where someone used it, and it caught on?
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Old 10-30-2002, 11:10 AM
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It comes from a Saturday Night Live skit in which David Spade plays an obnoxious male airline steward who says "Buh-BYE" to everyone as they leave the plane.
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Old 10-30-2002, 11:10 AM
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The first time I saw it was on Saturday Night Live. The skit was on an airline called "Total Bastard Airlines". Helen Hunt was the guest.
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Old 10-30-2002, 11:13 AM
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I first heard it about 9 years ago from a teen friend of mine. She was saying it to be cute, not to dismiss me. But since then, I've heard it used as you described.

I'd not heard it before, so I'd say 1992-1993 is about the beginning of it.
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Old 10-30-2002, 11:27 AM
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It probably originated from "The McLaughlin Group"; John McLaughlin used it as his signoff catchprhase.

Of course, people were saying "bye bye" to end phone conversations long before that.
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Old 10-30-2002, 11:34 AM
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It is also on Animaniacs, the little baby that calls her mother, Lady. The one with the dog. (can't remember her name.) I am sure SNL precedes it, but I though I would add that.
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Old 10-30-2002, 12:04 PM
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It probably originated from "The McLaughlin Group"; John McLaughlin used it as his signoff catchprhase.

Of course, people were saying "bye bye" to end phone conversations long before that.
Actually "bye-bye" has been around since time immemorial. In the OP I was referring to to the specific pronunciation of "buh-bye", nearly always used as an expression of sarcastic contempt aimed at the listener.
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Old 10-30-2002, 12:42 PM
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The Total Bastard Airlines sketch, which is almost certainly the original source of the saracastic "buh-bye", first aired on March 19th, 1993.

Here's the transcript.
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Old 10-30-2002, 04:24 PM
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Mindy and Buttons was the sketch on Animaniacs. It first aired in fall of 1993 -- plenty of time for the animators to have picked up on "buh-bye" from SNL.
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Old 10-30-2002, 10:22 PM
Earl Snake-Hips Tucker Earl Snake-Hips Tucker is online now
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I can't attest to what made it popular or where it originated, but I remember hearing it on a radio "comedy" skit from the early to mid-80s called "Fun with Bill and Jane."

It was a two-minute or so "situation" in which something humorous happened, and always ended with:

"Until next time, this is Bill. . ."
". . . and this is Jane, saying. . . 'buh-bye.'"

This could have been done only locally, but might have also been syndicated or something.
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Old 10-31-2002, 06:09 PM
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The supposed insincerity of flight attendants repeating "buh-bye" as people exit the plane was used by Ellen Degeneres in her stand-up act. I saw it on tv in the early 90s or late 80s. It's almost certain it was in her club act for years prior to that. And the use of an outwardly innocuous phrase as a dismissal goes way back.

I find it hard to believe SNL originated it. They may have popularized something that was already going on.
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Old 10-31-2002, 06:24 PM
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SpoilerVirgin said: "The Total Bastard Airlines sketch, which is almost certainly the original source of the saracastic "buh-bye", first aired on March 19th, 1993. "

I can't find a transcript for it but I seem to remember that later in 93 David Spade did a year end "top 10 Phrases we never want to here again" and "Buh-bye" was near the top. I remember him saying something like "I know we were partly/muchly to blame for this one", I don't remember an outright claim of responsibility for it. Anyone with better memory or link to transcript??
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