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 It was originally made popular years ago in a silly song, which included the words: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
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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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