Toodleoo
Posted: 01 April 2009 07:44 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi everyone,

I’m kind of surprised this one hasn’t come up in any of my searches.

When I look at the origin on several sites it says:

http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50254341?single=1&query_type=word&queryword=toodleoo&first=1&max_to_show=10

Or:

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=toodleoo

I heard somewhere that this phrase actually comes from the French “à toute à l’heure”.

Doesn’t this seem more probable as horribly mangled French than some strange form of “toot”? I guess I’m wondering if anyone knows why the mangled French theory of this origin seems to be discounted.

Best,
David

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Posted: 01 April 2009 09:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The most common spelling seems to be “tootle-loo” and the phrase finder (phrases.org.uk) agrees with what you have.  A couple guesses is all.

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