Posted by Bryan McEnroe on May 22, 2003
A late entrant for 'tickety-boo'. I agree with the correspondent
who suggests that 'thik hai' is one part of it.
However, consider that there were Indian troops in the trenches in France during at least 1914-1915. Here, the British Army certainly mispronounced the French 'beau', meaning, 'well','good' or even 'ok', as 'boo'.
While I have nothing better than a suspicion for this contention, could it not be that 'thik hai?' - with response 'boo', could conflate as 'tickety-boo' ?
Regards, Bryan McEnroe.