And Bob's Your Uncle

Bob's your who?

I work in the travel industry where we sell international vacations, and one of the places we send tour groups to is Australia. As part of one of our training sessions we spent time reviewing highlights and features of our tours so that we can give a better description to our guests when the call to book. With some of our other tours, this section includes phrases in the foreign language, but for Australia they decided to include local Australian phrases in English that may as well be a foreign language!

"And Bob's your Uncle" falls into that category. I had never heard it before, and had to look up the reference. I guess it can mean "you're all set" or "you've got it made!" when you use it at the end of a conversation. It can also be a more direct "and there you have it".

Try it out - maybe we can get it to catch on in the US!

It's a song

It's also a game show...

The show aired in the UK in the early 90s. It is similar to the Newlywed Game show in the US where young couples would answer trivia questions to see how well they knew each other. It was directed by Nigel Lythgoe - producer and judge of So You Think You Can Dance.

An episode

Where would you use it?

  • At work - it makes no sense, and neither does my work!
  • At school - no one would get it, but it would be funny
  • When talking to my friend Chris, who has an Uncle Bob
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