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What is the origin of the saying "toodleloo" used to mean goodbye?
Submitted by joy bartolomeo (belcamp, maryland - U.S.A.)
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Either the 'tooting' of a horn as a coach moves off, or French 'à tout à l'heure', goodbye.
Signature: Jonathon Green
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