It's interesting to me to have so many different kinds of english spoken on
this NG. Now I know what "plonk" means.
What is the derivation of "...and Bob's your Uncle"? I know it means "and
then you're done", but who is Bob and why is he my uncle?
In Panama, "listo y frito" (cleaned and fried) is the same as "then it's
done". However, since the Panamanians are a fishing people, it's easy to
see the derivation of the expression, where as Uncle Bob is not so clear.
I remember a Chris Wren cartoon in Air International with a pilot in a
Spit. There's an He 111 going down in flames behind and the legend was
"Bob's Your Heinkel!"
Bit of a mystery until I caught Basil Fawlty using the original once.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
The one slogan that always puzzled me was "Remember Pearl Harbor!".
No, not the one from post December 7, 1941.
This bold proclimation appeared painted on the sidewalk of a Midwestern city
(Omaha, IIRC), circa 1937, making the local paper.
Considering the number of Midwesterners in the USN maybe it had something to do
with a tryst while he was in Pearl?
This incident is recounted in Frank Edwards' book, "Strange World"
(Ace-Star Books/New York/1964):
"In Owensville, Indiana, the citizens were puzzled one winter morning to
find a cryptic message painted in huge letters on the sidewalk in front
of the public grade school. The message read simply:
'Remember Pearl Harbor!'
People commented on the message. But they never knew who put it there --
or why. It was really nothing to get excited about at the time it
occurred; for the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor never took
place until two years later...to the day."