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    Meaning of "Tinkety tonk old fruit"

    Someone could explain me the meaning of: "Tinkety tonk old fruit"?

    I've heard it in a BBC radio program, and then I found it here The Queen Mother: She loved owls, fairies and the miners. She hated oysters, LibDems and being kissed by a U.S. president. And she lived every day as if it were her last | Mail Online

    It seems to be a British expression.

    Thanks a bunch!!

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    Re: Meaning of "Tinkety tonk old fruit"

    In which paragraph is the phrase you are asking about?

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    Re: Meaning of "Tinkety tonk old fruit"

    In plain English, it means "Goodbye, my friend". I suppose a modern version of this expression would be something like "Laters, my man", or something equally unintelligible.
    These types of expression were current amongst the British - specifically, the English - upper classes in the 1920's and 30's, which were The Queen Mother's formative years. A similar expression of farewell of the time was "Toodle Pip, old bean". To see many more examples of this type of language, you should read any of PG Wodehouse's "Bertie Wooster and Jeeves" novels. There is a school of thought which suggests that the frivolousness of the language was a reaction to the horrors of the First World War.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Meaning of "Tinkety tonk old fruit"

    Thank you, very informative.

    So,

    Tinkety tonk old fruit !

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    Re: Meaning of "Tinkety tonk old fruit"

    Pip-pip!
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Meaning of "Tinkety tonk old fruit"

    What ho, old bean!

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    Re: Meaning of "Tinkety tonk old fruit"

    Lieutenant George: Tally-ho pip-pip and Bernard's your uncle.

    Captain Blackadder
    : In English we say, "Good Morning."

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    Re: Meaning of "Tinkety tonk old fruit"

    See you later, alligator!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Meaning of "Tinkety tonk old fruit"

    After a while, crocodile!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Meaning of "Tinkety tonk old fruit"

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    After a while, crocodile!
    In BrE, it's "In a while, crocodile".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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