Sunday, February 24, 2008

TaTa Bye Bye

The parting phrase Bye is a shortened form of Goodbye which in turn is a shortened form of Good be with ye.

So many of us have grown up with TaTa as our standard parting phrase that it kind of intrigued me to find out the origin of this usage - or at least try doing so. As I remember now, I did not use Bye all that much until I was in class XI. Before that it was just TaTa. Even now, the youngest of my cousins always parts with TaTa.

But when you are in the US of A you gotta be more careful. I just sounded my roommates on what parting phrase would they use with a friend for example. They would not use Bye Bye and they would never use TaTa when parting with friends because both of these are considered gay and super-gay in that order.

I used to think that TaTa has got something to do with TATA written on the back of so many trucks in India. When we read the word as the the trucks are passing by, the word TaTa becomes kind of a parting phrase. But apparently the word has got other connotations as well.

There is a travel website in India which has TaTa Bye Bye in its domain name.
Contrasts anyone?

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Amused
Huzefa

5 comments:

neha said...

do u think.............TATA bye bye makes any sense while u r departing with any body?????????????
actually when u want to go .....thn u just use...BYE(so that u can go early)
n when u dnt like a person then u just say GO TO HELL!!!(that is also departing)
n whn u luv any body...........u never say BYE u just say.... PHIR MILENGE

n U nvr say TATA yA BYE to ur bossssssssssss.............u just say GOODNITE(as soon as posbl u can say)

so IF U FEEL LIKE THAT USING TATA BYE BYE MAKES U A GAY OR A SUPER GAY........ U CAN USE MY GIVEN SUGGESTIONS..........

Huzefa Mukadam said...

Thanks. I will keep them in mind.

Special said...

Guess its too late to reply, but even I always used Tata instead of Bye. I recently watched the movie 'The bank job' where one of the character in the movies says 'Ta Da' to his mom when he leaves his home, so i guess its 'Ta da' which changed into TATA. :D Just a wild guess

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