What is the origin of the word tada — as used as an exclamation? Is it an onomatopoeic form of sound effects used in, say, television or does its origin lie elsewhere?
"Tada" is indeed an onomatopoeia (from OED):
The word is imitating this classic horn sound.
Here is the first citation in 1913:
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I heard that the origin of "ta dah!" was in India, where in some language or idiom it meant "It's perfect just the way it is."
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