"Well, the gorram guards have asked that question with more feeling, but if you actually wanted to know, we're shiny." said Mal. "Only been averaging one random beating a week these days, and only one of us 'as tried to commit suicide lately, so I'd say we're peachy, sir." The low menace in his voice as he uttered the word "sir" was entirely intentional. The liaison didn't flinch.
-- The Losing Side, Chapter 53 by jetflair