Saturday, 24 July 2010


British politics played a part in shaping the English language. In the sentence "Bob's your uncle", Bob was actually Lord Salisbury, British prime minister, on and off, from 1885 to 1902. In 1885 Salisbury appointed his nephew, Arthur Balfour, to the position of secretary for Scotland, a post his nephew was not at all qualified for. A lot of people cristisized this action: Balfourd only got the job becouse job was his uncle.
Since then, when something is easy or effortless to achieve, we always say "Bob's your uncle".
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