Bob is your uncle

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Charwalk, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. Charwalk Senior Member

    Suppose you are in your late 70s. Suppose further that your teenager grandson is explaining to you some features of a smartphone. "Do this, do this and Bob is your uncle!" Would you take umbrage at the use of the phrase?
     
  2. Barque Senior Member

    India
    Tamil
    No, I'd be too surprised at the fact that a teenager was using it in the first place.

    Here's an earlier thread on the phrase: Bob's your uncle!
     
  3. Charwalk Senior Member

    In one of the earlier replies it was commented that "It is unlikely that Bob's your uncle would said by a youngster. It is somewhat dated." In what sense it is dated?
     
  4. Barque Senior Member

    India
    Tamil
    "Dated" in this context means that it's old-fashioned and not used much nowadays.

    Dated (WR dictionary): out-of-date; old-fashioned; no longer up to date: Some slang terms become dated quickly.
     
  5. heypresto

    heypresto Senior Member

    South East England
    English - England
    It's far more likely that the grandfather would say 'Bob's your uncle' to his grandson. And his grandson to wonder what on earth grandpa was talking about. :D

    Note it's always 'Bob's . . .', and never 'Bob is . . . '


    (In my younger days, Bob was my uncle :))
     
  6. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
  7. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australia
    Australian English
    It's alive and kicking in Australia. Young and old know the expression and use it. Sometimes you'll even hear a child use it (they've heard it and will repeat it - as children do - because they think it's amusing).
     
  8. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    Is it ever said as "Bob is your uncle" as in the title, or is it always "Bob's your uncle"? I've only seen "Bob's".

    This expression isn't used in AE, but I understand it. The first time I heard it, I probably felt like the dwarf in a Terry Pratchett novel, who hears a human say "and Bob's your uncle!" and replies "But, surely Thor Stronginthearm is my uncle?"
     
  9. heypresto

    heypresto Senior Member

    South East England
    English - England
    No. Yes. See my post #5. ;):)
     

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