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LuckyBoy1
05-05-2005, 05:29 PM
Now, before you tell me to go Googling for it, I already looked up the phrase...

Bob's your Uncle

and I got like 12 different answers. I've already blown this month's budget to the AT&T language line using a New Jersey to English translator so I could talk to Joe at www.magnum-pc.com (http://www.magnum-pc.com) so calling them to get the translation is out. So, I fingered there just might be one or two people in the U.K. willing to help me define this phrase.

Anybody?

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heywooood
05-05-2005, 05:38 PM
nudge, nudge...wink wink..say no more Say...No...More

LStarosta
05-05-2005, 06:02 PM
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MEGILE
05-05-2005, 06:03 PM
"Bob's your Uncle" is the English equivalent to Donnie Brasco's "forget about it"

nickdanger3
05-05-2005, 07:31 PM
It's a way of finishing a story /explanation with a "pretty obvious isn't it?"

An American might finish an explanation of how to do something and say "and there you are...easy huh?"

lbhskier37
05-05-2005, 07:46 PM
He spent fifteen years getting loaded
Fifteen years 'till his liver exploded
Now what's Bob gonna do now that he can't drink?
The doctor said, "What you been thinkin' 'bout?"
Bob said, "That's the point,
I won't think about nothing
Now I gotta do something else,"
OI OI OI!

zetareticulan
05-05-2005, 08:06 PM
apparently the phrase Bob's yer Uncle is all about nepotism - or jobs/money/party favours for those with the right family connections.

example:

Robert (Bob) Peel's* Nephew: "I want patch 4:0 yesterday!"

Mr.Oleg Madox: "Bob's yer Uncle, Bucko!"

*Robert Peel was some sort of British Proto-Policeman and later got involved in Irish politics - hence the affectionate nick name "Bobby" for the U.K. police (or Peelers as me Dear Old Grandpappy used to call 'em.

fordfan25
05-05-2005, 10:12 PM
another resone to hate europe. that and the silly spelling of most english words. OOOoooo i hate the english talky stuff lol. O and just kiddn "M8s

xenios
05-06-2005, 01:21 AM
Today it is used in much the same way as the American phrase, "and there you go."

Zeta's right about the nepotism bit, but the reference to 'Bob' actually dates back to Robert Walpole, sometimes regarded as the first real PM. Having Bob as your uncle back then guaranteed you a cozy sinecure.

AFJMantis
05-06-2005, 01:46 AM
It means the exact same thing as "Fanny's your Aunt" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

ImpStarDuece
05-06-2005, 02:08 AM
Bob may not be my uncle, but Robert is my father's brother http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

ploughman
05-06-2005, 03:23 AM
If a bloke says "do this, do that, then push this and prod that and then...Bob's your uncle" he means "follow my instructions/system/ideology and you will one day be a jedi sage/senior manager/rich as Crosus, just like me."

'Bob's your uncle' is synoymous with the 'greens fields of Elysium', one's special place, 'land of 46 virgins (implication being, not for much longer, heh, heh, heh.) etc., and is generally considered to be a good thing to have at the end of a set of instructions as it is the promise of a happy ending.

A variation is, as previously mentioned, 'Fanny's your aunt' which is interesting as saying 'like Fanny it is' is indicative of a discordant state of affairs. As in, 'Dad, would it be a good idea if I took your new Porsche out drag racing with those nice independent traders I met in East LA?' Dad might respond with 'like Fanny it is.' The US equivalent might be 'get to ****.' Therefore we can conlude that it is better to have Bob as an uncle, rather than Fanny as an aunt as Fanny doesn't always get to drive fast cars.

ausmondo
05-06-2005, 04:08 AM
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Saunders1953
05-06-2005, 09:55 AM
I just want to take this moment to thank you, Luckyboy, for opening my eyes to www.engrish.com (http://www.engrish.com). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

madsarmy
05-06-2005, 10:04 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/tommybomb/buy_yours.jpg

ImpStarDuece
05-06-2005, 10:12 AM
Originally posted by Saunders1953:
I just want to take this moment to thank you, Luckyboy, for opening my eyes to www.engrish.com (http://www.engrish.com). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

I work in Japan as an Elementary and Junior High School English teacher. This site doesn't even begin to describe the way that the Japanese have with English. As English is considered cool by advertising companies it is very rare to find a product in Japan that doesn't have some wonderful English blurb on it.

Prehaps I should post some of the test results that my students have given me over the last year. I think the one of the funniest half-hours of my life was spent marking a test paper where most of the students had left out the 'r' and added a 'z' the word 'horse'. Maybe it was particularly funny because the grammar point that we were trying to get across was "I like, I play, I have". http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Saunders1953
05-06-2005, 01:44 PM
B http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gifring it on, Imp!

steve_v
05-06-2005, 02:14 PM
Lucky!! How could you even consider drinking that swill? Now heres a real adult beverage.

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You can ask my uncle Is Bob Your Uncle?, but later when he's in a better mood. http://home.earthlink.net/~viner45/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/torture.gif

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LStarosta
05-06-2005, 02:28 PM
Originally posted by lbhskier37:
He spent fifteen years getting loaded
Fifteen years 'till his liver exploded
Now what's Bob gonna do now that he can't drink?
The doctor said, "What you been thinkin' 'bout?"
Bob said, "That's the point,
I won't think about nothing
Now I gotta do something else,"
OI OI OI!

OMG. You are awesome.

ploughman
05-06-2005, 04:50 PM
It might be funny looking Vergina, but that's Macedonian beer. Take the piss, they kick your ***. Be sure.