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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Informal Used to express goodbye.

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  • interj. Goodbye; a greeting used when leaving or departing from a person or place

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  • n. a farewell remark

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  • Good lad. I'll think of you when so long variations are earworming you at 3am.

    April 19, 2018

  • Dammit, bilby, I knew you were going to want more info since I know you speak Bahasa Malayu or its Indonesian cousin. The Malay origin was the first I found but now I cannot locate the specific source I used. I have found other sources that suggest the Arabic “ma’salaam” became the Malay “salang” and that British soldiers and sailors serving in Malaya in the 19th Century brought it home as “so long.”

    Now I’m going to be awake all night looking for that damned first google hit.

    April 19, 2018

  • So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    I've sung this song, but I'll sing it again

    Of the people I've met and the places I've seen

    Some of the troubles that bothered my mind

    And a lot of good people that I've left behind, singing

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    The sweethearts they sat in the dark and they sparked

    They hugged and they kissed in that dusty old dark

    They sighed and they cried and they hugged and they kissed

    But instead of marriage they talked like this: honey

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    I went to your family and asked them for you

    They all said take her, oh take please do

    She can't cook or so and she won't't scrub your floor

    So I put on my coat, tip toed down the door, singing

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    I walked down the street to the grocery store

    It was crowded with people both rich and both poor

    I asked the man how his butter was sold

    He says one pound of butter for two pounds of gold, I said

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    My telephone rang and it jumped off the wall

    That was the preacher makin' his call

    He said, "we're waiting to tie the knot

    You're getting married believe it or not"

    The church was jammed and the church was packed

    The pews were crowded from the front to the back

    A thousand of friends waiting to kiss my new bride

    But I was so anxious I rushed her outside, told her

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    - Woody Guthrie

    April 19, 2018

  • I couldn't find the Malay connection in either of those links and nothing really comes to mind. I find the Norwegian / Swedish links reasonably plausible.

    Tut-tut to Meriam Webster for not knowing that salam is also used when taking leave.

    April 19, 2018

  • The origins of “so long” are in fact mysterious. It’ suggested origins have been placed in Irish (slán), German (adieu so lange), Hebrew (shalom), Arabic (salaam). Also Malay, Norwegian and Swedish origins have been posited. An early appearance in print was in the poetry of Walt Whitman who reported that it was a common salutation among soldiers and sailors.

    See:

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/so-long-origin

    https://www.etymonline.com/word/so%20long

    and in many other places.

    April 19, 2018

  • Comes from Hebrew shalom.

    April 19, 2018

  • So Long is an idiomatic expression meaning goodbye

    March 12, 2008