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Which is the usual response to "See you later, Alligator"?

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Asked by Alfred Hook, Last updated: Sep 28, 2020

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K. Shadrach

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Answered Sep 25, 2020

There are some people who would say, “See you later, alligator.” If they tell you this, what you are supposed to say is, “In a while, crocodile.” These statements used to be very popular a few years back, especially since people like the fact that the sentences can be very random.

The shortcut version of “See You Later, Alligator” is “Later, Gator.” If you would like to make everything more dramatic, you can add a goodbye sign along with all the other things that you have said.

There are also other sentences that are similar to this, such as “I’ve got to go, kiddo.” Some say that people only use this up to a certain age, as this has the tendency to sound childish at times.

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Denton Perez

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Answered Sep 23, 2020

“After a while, crocodile.” It is a playful way to say good-bye to someone, knowing you will see them again soon. “See you later alligator” is also a song from the ’50s, written by Bill Haley. These types of rhymes were common in pieces from the ’50s. The music was much more straightforward, and this type of rhyme scheme was very popular.

“See you later alligator, after while crocodile” is also a book. It explores the feelings and hardships which arise from losing a loved one. Alligators and crocodiles are believed to protect knowledge and wisdom.

It isn't easy to distinguish one from the other, but they are supposedly considered power animals. The power is in knowing when to reveal your true feelings. The main difference between the two is that alligators prefer to live in freshwater, and crocodiles live in saltwater.

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Answered Sep 18, 2020

There are a lot of terms that people normally use that are not considered to be literal. One sentence that people use is “See you later, alligator.” Take note that this means, “Goodbye.” Some people would clip it to “Later, Gator.”

The main sentence that people can normally use as a response is, “After a while, crocodile.” This means that you are also saying goodbye but you are also showing that there is a big possibility that you will be back and you will see the person again. There are some people who use these sentences for fun. Some use these sentences to show that you are being playful.

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H. Martin

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Answered Sep 16, 2020

The correct answer to this question is, “In a while, Crocodile.” This dialog is used because they rhyme with each other. The phrases are normally used between people that are about the part ways.

The first people say, “See you later,” alligator and the order person reply, “In a while, Crocodile.” This response is not so popular amongst the younger generation; the reason for the response is also not known to the younger generation.

There is an internal rhyme in the responses. “Later” and “Alligator” while “While” and “Crocodile “rhyme. This phrase was found in the 1959s. The rhyme became more popular after the song sung by Bill Haley and Comets. The song was titled “See you later, Alligator.” The lyrics of the song also has “In a while, crocodile.”

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A. Boaz

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Answered Jul 28, 2020

The correct answer to this question is "After A While, Crocodile". A person may also see "In A While, Crocodile" which is a similar response to the correct answer. The two responses are linked together because they rhyme. The type of rhyme the statements have is an internal rhyme.
The words later and alligator rhyme, as well as crocodile and while. These phrases appeared in the 1950s and have stood the test of time, as they are still relevant today. The credit to these phrases go to the group Bill Haley and the Comets, who had a song titled “See You Later, Alligator”.

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Chris Kenway

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Answered Jul 28, 2020

The usual response that you will hear when you use “See you later, Alligator.” is going to be, “In a while, Crocodile.” There are a lot of people who still use this right now even though they do not know why they are supposed to use this. The best thing that you can do is to understand why this is being used.

The main reason is very simple. This is being used right now because they rhyme. It is obvious that later and alligator rhyme with each other. While and crocodiles also rhyme with each other. These lines actually became famous when they were used in a song that became popular in the 1950s.

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B. Mary

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Answered Mar 12, 2020

The usual response to “See you later, alligator.” is “In a while, crocodile.” There are some people who think that this is a response that is normally used by the younger generation, but actually, the main reason why this is being used is that they rhyme with each other. The exchange just seems to be good, especially when you are especially close to someone.

Some say that this slang originated when the younger generation started using this. This catchphrase is normally used when people are about to part ways, and they are promising that they are going to see each other someday. Make sure that you know the exact terms that you can use to answer the catchphrase.

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f.Isabellai

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Answered Sep 20, 2017

The usual response to “see you later, alligator” is “in a while, crocodile”. The link between the responses is unknown to younger generations, but the real reason is actually just that they rhyme. There is internal rhyme in both responses. “Later” and “alligator” rhyme, while “while” and “crocodile” rhyme. The two phrases came about in the 1950s, because it was seen as cool to have responses that rhymed.

As the 1950s passed, so did the phase of having phrases that rhymed. There is a song from the time period that made the phrases famous, sung by Bill Haley and the Comets. The title of the song is “See You Later, Alligator”, and one of the following lyrics is “in a while, crocodile”. The phrases have stuck around.

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Alfred Hook

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Answered Aug 22, 2017

After A While, Crocodile
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