Posted by Masakim on March 20, 2003
In Reply to: Bob's your uncle posted by Gary on March 19, 2003
: : I was wondering if anyone knew the origins of the usual British amendment to this saying. "Bob's your uncle" is listed already, but nowadays, the British don't actually say that.. the phrase used most often instead is "Bob's your uncle, Fanny's your aunt."
: : I am aware too that the word "Fanny" is Brit-speak for a woman's vagina, so I have been really quite perplexed about how this phrase came about.
: : Just a humorous aside, a few years ago, the famous tennis star John McEnroe made quite a blunder on nationwide British television. He was one of two commenting on the Wimbledon tennis matches, and this particular day, there'd been several rain delays. John was asked the question by his fellow commentor of what might he say to encourage the spectators to more quickly return to their seats so that play could resume. He said (paraphasing from memory) "Hey people, get your fannies back in your seats." Fortunately his quick thinking partner jumped in to say that he thought that John was referring to "bottoms" instead. John did a quick quizzical look, agreed, and then moved off camera to have it explained, and returned with quite a sheepish look on his face. :-)
: : Any comments would be appreciated.
: "the British don't actually say that". Yes, they do.
and Bob's your uncle! .... An occ[asional]
C20 elab[oration] is to add _and Mary Cook's your aunt_, to which L[aurie] A[tkinson]
adds, 1976, the var[iant] _and Fanny's your aunt_, which, he says, was made simply
because of an association with _fanny_, the female pudend, esp. among raffish
From _A Dictionary of Catch Phrases, Second Edition_ by Eric Partridge & Paule Beale