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    I'm bouncin, ta ta.

    Here are my wild guess,
    I'm still alive, he he.
    I'm here and there. But bye for now.


    What does that mean? :wink:

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    'Ta ta' means good-bye, so I would think 'I'm bouncing' means simply 'I'm leaving'.

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    Thanks, MM.

    Bye is a short for bye-bye
    Is "ta" a short for ta-ta?

    :D

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    'Ta' on the other hand usually means 'thanks', I believe, but we should wait for a Brit to advise us-- it is a definite Briticism.

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    Yep, 'ta' means thanks. ;)

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    And 'ta-ta' does mean goodbye.

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    Thank you, MM, shane and tdol.

    Do British adults prefer to say "ta-ta" or "bye"? TDOL? Red? shane?
    Do American say "ta-ta" once in a while or all the time? MM? Cass?


    I think it depends but I would like to know your preference.


    [u]Something interesting from Dictionary.com
    Word History: No doubt more than one reader has wondered exactly how goodbye is derived from the phrase “God be with you.” To understand this, it is helpful to see earlier forms of the expression, such as God be wy you, god b'w'y, godbwye, god buy' ye, and good-b'wy. The first word of the expression is now good and not God, for good replaced God by analogy with such expressions as good day, perhaps after people no longer had a clear idea of the original sense of the expression. A letter of 1573 written by Gabriel Harvey contains the first recorded use of goodbye: “To requite your gallonde [gallon] of godbwyes, I regive you a pottle of howdyes,” recalling another contraction that is still used.

    godbwye for now.

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    Do British adults prefer to say "ta-ta" or "bye"? TDOL? Red? shane?
    Adults?! No offense here. Everytime when I come across these double-structured words, such as coo-coo, ta-ta, num-num, poo-poo and son on, I would say it sometimes but in a more cuty way. :wink:

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    I wouldn't use 'ta-ta' and I see exactly what you mean. I don't here it used very much in London. It might be more common in other regions. 'Ta' is widely used.

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    When I was young, my dad always used to say 'ta-ta' when saying goodbye to his friends. He always pronounced it 'ta-da' though. ;)

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