Posted by Victoria S Dennis on April 24, 2006
In Reply to: "Everyone and her aunt" posted by Smokey Stover on April 24, 2006
: : Please let me know the origin of the usage "everyone and her aunt"..!!
: It's a humorous way of saying absolutely everybody, or everybody and then some. There's a wonderful expression in Gilbert and Sullivan that I can't quite remember, something like "and so did his sisters and his uncles and his aunts." SS
A similar phrase is "the world and his wife". Smokey,s quote is from HMS Pinafore, in which Sir Joseph Porter K.C.B. is accompanied everywhere by "his sisters and his cousins and his aunts". (VSD)