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Tootle-loo/toodle-loo

Posted by Sara on May 05, 2004

"toodle-loo" seems to come from a permutation of the French expression "(à) tout à l'heure" which can mean, more or less, "bye, see you later." When pronounced with a heavy British/anglophone accent, this expression sounds strikingly like "toodle-loor."

Has anyone found out conclusively yet where the English expression came from?