Posted by Dave M on March 16, 2003
In Reply to: Toodle-oo posted by Lewis on March 13, 2003
: : : I know that tootle-loo is brit. english for "goodbye", but where does it come from? I know it's some sort of contraction.
: : This was discussed earlier, though not in great detail. Please see the link.
: To "toodle" is to go from how I hear it used - toodle-pip, toodle off etc. it implies a lack of urgency about the leaving.
: Toodle-oo is rarely used, apart from in camp comedy or lampooning the very rich. Frankly, it's the kind of expression that would give away an undercover agent who had watched too many black and white fims to develop his cover.
: Have a nice day, y'all.
I wonder if this might be an anglicization of the French expression "à tout à l'heure", a common way of saying good-bye (roughly, "see you soon").