• Origin: 1765–75; by infantile shortening and alter. 1772, "natural infantile sound of gratitude" [Weekley] -online etymology dictionary I have no clue what that has to do with the british slang...but it's the best I could come up with.
  • widely used in northern england and is a loving term.
  • an abbreviation of the term thank you widely spoken throughout britain mostly used in nortern england like liverpool and manchester
  • From memory, 'ta' is a borrowed word from Burmese (shortened from 'ta ta'), which was picked up and used by the English during the British colonial control of Burma. It's now used extensively throughout Australia as well as northern England.

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