I have always assumed it has a Norse derivation. Danish, Norwegian and Swedish all use 'tak', or similar, for 'thankyou'. Make sense ?
It's the sort of thing we say to our kids when they're tiny:I never realized it was BE, but if Americans say ta-ta to mean goodbye- it almost always has a haughty sense to it, as if they were very upper class- but in a joking way. I think that it's actually a mock on the BE.
No, I'm with you there. This must be a Caribbean variation on a theme.Fair enough! I've heard ta-ra as a variant of ta-ta but not heard ta (in the US or UK) as a form of goodbye. Is it possibly BarbadianE ? Or have others heard it used that way?
I'm a Londoner born and bred and my mother's family has been in London for several hundred years, as a matter of fact (but my paternal grandfather was from Burnley)! So no, I ain't just "bin there" and I'm definitely not foreign, although I live abroad now.Oh London calling where are you from, are you from london, or just bin there. If you are from there you may not have heard it, depending upon your class or social back ground, if you are foreign then you have probly met few english people in london, as its very multi cultural in london, especially central london
Haha I am from the same city as her (actually met her in Spain once) - but anyway she is the only one that sounds like that where I am from, she's not a representation of the rest of usI associate them with the north of England (and with Cilla Black in particular!).
The Concise Oxford Dictionary gives the origin as 18th century: a child's word.I would also like to know more about the etimology of ta, meaning 'thank you'. I once heard that it comes from some Scandinavian language (Perhaps a Viking remnant? Which, by the way, would have given support to my 'North-of-England theory'). The online The English-to-American Dictionary also suggests the possibility of Scandinavian origin.
That's very interesting, I never knew that it might have a Scandinavian origin, I thought it was just a lazifying of "Thanks".
it is a shortage of thanks, coz i say it 4 thanks and so does everyone else i know , but not scandavian i dont think , ive only ever heard it been said in english =)
You might say it as another option but it doesn't mean it's from it...
I say ta more than I say thanks probably.
Considering it's "takk" in most other Scandinavian languages and when the Vikings came over they brought a LOT of their language with them (<<-like that, the word them is Scandinavian)
Yeah it's amazing reading about the history of some words.cool , i never knew that =)