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1) Let's call it a day => I think it means "Let have a day off", but I can only guesss here No. It's a common expression that means 'We have done enough work for today, we have completed our day.'
2) alligator and crocodile, => they are the same meaning...but why do they call each other with the animal name? It's a casual, humorous way for friends to say good-bye to each other. It was originally made popular years ago in a silly song, which included the words:
See you later, alligator 'See you later' rhymnes with 'alligator'.
In a while, crocodile 'In a while ' rhymnes with 'crocodile'.
I think the writer chose these two reptiles mainly because of the rhymning, but also because they are so similar that you could kind of imagine them having a conversation. It's just a silly song.
3) after a while => I think it means "see you later" Yes. The phrase in the song is 'In a while', same meaning.
See you later, alligator! Clive
The rhyming ways of taking leave were popular among young people 40 to 50 years ago. Hardly anyone uses these formulas anymore. "alligator" rhymes with "later"; "crocodile" with "while". The rhyme is more important than any possible meaning. Another such formula is "Don't get hot, coffee pot". I don't recommend using these old-fashioned ways of saying "Goodbye".
Anonymous:i think "let's call it i day" should be from the ancient times when wars were fought only during the day. i believe that the generals would call a halt to the fighting during sunset. this would allow them to tend to the wounded and the dead.
i cannot recollect how i got this fomula but it seems very appropriate.
Anonymous:hi ...well about let's call it a day ...there are other expressions with same meaning = let's turn it for the night...i think we should pick it up from the morning[O]
well about let's call it a day ...there are other expressions with same meaning = let's turn it for the night...i think we should pick it up from the morning
Not worded exactly right.
Let's pack it up / turn it in for the night
I think we should pick it up in the morning
Best wishes, Clive
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