Talk:See You Later, Alligator

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Quite perfect! 12:07, 29 January 2006 (UTC) Stephan KŒNIG, French Wikipedian

What does it mean?[edit]

For a common Norwegian this seems like an greeting with no meaning in the first hand. Is it so? Sindre

It's just a rhyme: "later ... alligator"; "awhile ... crocodile". If you want a literal meaning it's simply, "Goodbye." 23skidoo 17:08, 7 April 2006 (UTC)
Ah-ha, so it's Robert Guidry who I blame for the massive proliferation of this phrase, eh? I swear that every American child between the ages of four and six repeat this phrase over and over and over and over... ekedolphin 09:15, 3 May 2006 (UTC)
I don't know if Guidry aka Bobby Charles exactly invented the phrase, but since he wrote the song that popularized it, he's as good a guy to blame as any! 23skidoo 12:07, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

I always heard it as "In awhile crocodile"

It's possible that this is how the response was spoken in regular use, but both Charles and Haley clearly use "after 'while, crocodile" in their lyrics. 23skidoo 23:22, 18 September 2006 (UTC)