Posted by ESC on December 21, 2000
In Reply to: "Toodles" "Toodleloo" posted by Cookster on December 21, 2000
: Toodleloo or toodles is used as a way of saying good-bye and it was suggested that the origin might be.. I'm off "to the loo".
: Does anyone know?
It's a British thing. Here's what it says in "The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang" by John Ayto and John Simpson (Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York, 1996):
TOODLE-OO int. Also tootle-oo. Brit. Dated. Goodbye. Also toodle-, tootle-pip. 1907- Standard. Toodlepip to the poor British Exec . Origin unknown; perhaps from 'toot' noun, short blast on a horn.