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Posted by SR on May 05, 2004

In Reply to: Tootle-loo/toodle-loo posted by ESC 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?

: It doesn't look like it.

: 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.

: From "The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang" by John Ayto and John Simpson (Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York, 1996):

: The Loop is a very famous area in the City of Chicago and there is an old story about the man who gets on the bus and asks the bus driver, "Does this bus go through the Loop? To which the driver replies, "No, but it does go beep, beep!"