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  1. Yes Siree Bob
  2. Bob's your uncle

Who is bob and where did he/she come from?

marked as duplicate by k1eran, JEL, Dan Bron, Laurel, jimm101 Mar 1 at 14:34

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  • The earliest attestation to "Bob's your uncle" that I could find online is from a song title from 1931. books.google.com/… – TRomano Feb 28 at 21:07
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    Related: “Bob's your uncle” … no he's not! – Davo Feb 28 at 21:09
  • I get plenty of hits when I google these phrases + etymology. Does that online search not give you what you want to know? I close-voted as no research presented in the question. – k1eran Feb 28 at 21:49
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    @k1eran: Which one of those hits actually presents evidence for its theory? – TRomano Feb 28 at 22:30
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    The "Bob" in examples 1 and 2 come from two different places. For example 2, the question is a duplicate; for example 1, the question is far from a duplicate. – JEL Mar 2 at 5:19

Etymology of "Bob" Etymonline


a familiar shortening and alteration of the masc. proper name Robert. British slang phrase Bob's your uncle "everything's all right" is attested by 1937. It seems to echo the old use noted in the 1725 "Canting Dictionary," which reports "Bob ... signifies Safety, ... as, It's all Bob, i. e. All is safe, the Bet is secured."


a quick Google Shows this


The origins are uncertain, but a common theory is that the expression arose after Conservative Prime Minister Robert "Bob" Cecil appointed his nephew Arthur Balfour as Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1887, an act which was apparently both surprising and unpopular. Whatever other qualifications Balfour might have had, "Bob's your uncle" was seen as the conclusive one.

  • This youtube video agrees. youtube.com/watch?v=vsCWbLSHZG0 I think Bob is easy, versatile, and familiar as a name form. Origins of each and every "Bob" expression will be different. It's sort of like a person-less name that everyone knows. – user22542 Feb 28 at 21:50
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    Without attestations such theories are mere speculation. Has anyone found attestations from the 19th century? – TRomano Feb 28 at 22:28

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