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Author Topic: What's the origin of the English word 'cheerio' meaning 'goodbye'?  (Read 915 times)

Offline Cosmos

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Any other languages use something similar?
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Ah now...It all stems from a well-known American breakfast cereal called Cheerios...Started during WW2. In war-torn 1941 to be exact. No, only joking. It has nowt to do with cereals.

Cheerio was around as a cheery farewell as early as during WW1.  In 1918 to be exact.. Funny how Cheerio seems to be linked to wars!  Maybe was much quicker for British tommies in the muddy trenches than saying Aufwiedersehen.  Or it might simply have stemmed from the British soldier's warped sense of humour.  The good thing was it confused the Bosch who promptly surrendered.

Maybe it was started by second-rate musical hall comedians.  Or dapper Oxford undergrads. Or something.  Who knows for sure.

First known use of Cheerio (but just pronounced Cheero back then) was in 1886.  Started by the British of course.  Probably a witty thing to say during the Mahdist War at the Battle of Ginnis.  Or maybe late Victorians were just playing around with the English language. It's all a bit murky and anyone's guess.

Has nothing to with toodlepip.

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