OT: Bob's your Uncle 
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 OT: Bob's your Uncle


You have Richard's answer - but just as a fill-in :-

        When I read your email, I knew that I had read something about
this somewhere a long time ago but I couldn't place it. When I went
looking on the Internet, I discovered everybody seemed to point back to
old favourite (but often unreliable) "Brewer's Dictionary of Fable and
Phrase."  But all my copy of Brewer has is that the phrase became
in the 1880s;  there is more somewhere....
        It's a generally British term, though I think it's also
in Canada, somewhat less so in the USA.  This is what one web site
( http://www.*-*-*.com/ ) says of it:

> "Bob's your uncle" is a way of saying "you're all set" or "you've got
> made." It's a catch phrase dating back to 1887, when British Prime
> Robert Cecil (a.k.a. Lord Salisbury) decided to appoint a certain
> Balfour to the prestigious and sensitive post of Chief Secretary for
> Ireland. Not lost on the British public was the fact that Lord
> just happened to be better known to Arthur Balfour as "Uncle Bob." In
> resulting furor over what was seen as an act of blatant nepotism,
> your uncle" became a popular sarcastic comment applied to any
> where the outcome was preordained by favoritism. As the scandal faded
> public memory, the phrase lost its edge and became just a synonym for
> problem."


Mon, 10 Oct 2005 12:15:15 GMT  
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