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  1. jaybones

    jaybones Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    What does "Bob's your uncle" mean?

    Ran across it most recently watching a documentary about WWI.

    "So I went down to the local recruiter, lied about me age, signed on the dotted line, and Bob's your uncle, I was in the Army."

    I gather it means something like There you go or Right.
     
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    I grew up in Canada and yeah..."there you go...done"!

    But...Bob is my uncle!:cool:
     
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    Years ago when I arrive here I met this guy who leter became my great friend. I was asking a lot of questions like why you have seperate taps for cold and hot water, why you drive on the other side of the road abd so on. When he get tired of my questions he said - "if it doesn't make any sense to you - it's probably British tradition"
     
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    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

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    I like Dave Barry's version: "Jack's a doughnut"

    From his column On the Loose in London:

     
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    Now you're cookin with peanut oil.
     
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    It basically means: "Job done."

    I have no idea of the origin, but it often the case these expressions come into use with no one specific meaning.

    Here's a possible origin, but I have my doubts as to whether that's the whole story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob's_your_uncle

    That said, the nearest thing people had to TV back in those days was Music Hall; local theatres where light entertainment was put on for the masses. People would buy the sheet music for songs they liked, then perform them at their own piano when they got home. It may be that 'Bob's Your Uncle' became a popular phrase due to a long-forgotten satirical song, and not just the political situation.

    There is a slightly different slant on it here: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/20346/bobs-your-uncle-no-hes-not
     
  7. circles

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    But, Bob is my uncle!
     
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    You really weren’t familiar with that phrase? I believe it is originally of British origin, but I’ve heard that in the states my whole life, it’s common over here too.
     
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    Here's another one "It's a bit black over Will's Mum's"
     
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    It's always a bit black over Bill's mother's when you live in Yorkshire.

    There you go, Bob's your uncle, Fanny's your aunt..

    Sorted.

    Just like a job down town.
     
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    I had an uncle Bob, but he was kinda like Elmer fudd.
     
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    Ay, Muggy but the winds keen
     
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    Bob’s my uncle, too.
     
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    The sun is out in my bit of Yorkshire, no black holes here.....Bob's your Auntie.... he changed
     
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    See? that is why it is really challenging leaning proper English.
    Esp. for a badly educated German.
    Lost in translation xD

    All the very best,
    Robin
     
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    I always thought bobs your uncle came about as a reference in Victorian Britain to Tory PRime minister lord Salisbury (robert Cecil) who handed out all manner of political largess to his nephew. Hence the reference to something being easily completed or obtained.

    Not sure why fanny would be your aunt though...
     
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    Who cares? It doesn't need to have a historical meaning, it's just what's been said around here all my life.
     
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    In cockney parts, the full phrase is “Bob’s your uncle, Charlie’s me aunt”

    And yes, it means “Told you so”, “There you go” or “Job’s a good ‘un” (for the Northerners).
     
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    Nowt so queer as folk...


    (Nothing as strange as you - For the Southerners)
     
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    you really didn't lose anything....
     
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