I have been in love with English rhyming, ever since I heard Lose Yourself by Eminem when I was fourteen. "His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy." That is really cool.
I don't remember the exact time when I came across the phrases that I used as the title of this entry: "See you later, alliagtor." "After a while, crocodile." But I think it was when I looked the word crocodile up in the disctionary to see how to pronounce the word.
The phrases impressed me really cute and rich in wisdom and humour. At the same time, however, a question occurred to me, "Are they really in use nowadays?" They seemed like ancient ones to me. I don't know why. But so they seemed.
All Ears English is a podcast that gives you a lot of information about how to use English phrases correctly and build relationships via English with other people. The episode I cited above is about the rhyming. Rhyming makes conversations colorful and cheerful. In this episode, one of the host said she used the phrases when she was a young girl. She used to say to a postman, "See you later, alligator." And he replied, "After a while, crocodile." The impression I used to feel about the phrases was wrong. They are still in use these days. What was more interesting to me was the intonation. They are a funny way of saying goodbye to someone, so they should be pronounced in such a way. Her way of saying them made them kind of come alive in me. This experience told me about the importance of listening to native speakers and speaking with them for myself.