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Posted by Victoria S Dennis on March 25, 2009 at 17:56

In Reply to: Tara posted by ESC on March 25, 2009 at 12:37:

: : Not a question an answer; tara = ta rah. It is a Welsh term for goodbye, adopted by the people in the NW of England.

: What was the question?

And can you bring any evidence to suggest that it is a Welsh term adopted into English rather than vice versa? I would have said without hesitation that this is the Lancashire pronunciation of "Ta-ta" meaning "goodbye", which is used all over England. The Oxford English Dic. calls "Ta-ta" 'a nursery version of 'goodbye' used playfully by adults' and gives the first sighting of it in 1837. (VSD)