20 July 2014

Bob

Surprisingly, Bob is not a woman's name - it is a man's name! It is not short for "bobbin" which is an item used in textile industries. No - Bob is short for Robert. Over here in England the most famous Bob is an animated children's TV character called Bob the Builder. Here he is! Hello Bob!
But a "bob" may also be a hairstyle:-
Or it could be a "bobsleigh":-
When walking in a cave or coal mine, you may need to bob down:-
And at Halloween you may find yourself bobbing for apples:-
The name "Bob" is favoured by owners of small dogs throughout the English speaking world. It is estimated that there are approximately 2.7 million canine"Bobs" worldwide. And on that happy note I do believe that I have exhausted all of my "Bob" knowledge. I hope that this post has been instructive to any Bobs who happen to have been visiting this humble blog.

22 comments:

  1. OK, now you've both definitely lost the plot !!

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    1. As some of your pupils must have said in the past - HE STARTED IT MISS! WHAAAAAY!

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  2. I hope this is not a trailer for a series.
    What did you have for lunch?

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    1. Don't worry Adrian. I shall not be revealing to the world that Adrian is the most popular men's name amongst mincing ladies' hairstylists and fashionistas. Also favoured by prep school music teachers

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  3. My cousin's name is Robert. But he has never been Bob, always Rob.
    Bob the Builder is probably the most famous Bob in Germany, too. Here, he is called Bob Baumeister. (We have promoted him from a simple builder to a master builder.)

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    1. How do people get their names shortened? Perhaps you should begin a family trend by calling Robert Bob - then everyone else will follow suit.

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  4. Do they have a saying in the Mother country that goes "Bob's your Uncle"?

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    1. ... and Fanny's your aunt :)

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    2. Thanks for your "two bobs worth" Brian ~ I can't say I have heard the extension here.

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    3. Yes we do. He is.

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    4. We also have "bob a job" week in the Motherland. It's for boy scouts.

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  5. We named our baby "Bob" before he was born, then planned on calling it Bobbie if it was a girl. It turned out to be a wise thing because he's dyslexic and this is one name he could always spell. (He is brilliant in other departments.)

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    1. Jan - I hope this post was not offensive to you. It was inspired by another American Bob, not your Bob. The Bob I had in mind lives in darkest Georgia with his banjo.

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    2. You'll have to work harder than that to offend me. But don't take that as a challenge.

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  6. Really?! I do not know any canine "Bobs". I did just recently loose my dog named "Cat", however.

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    1. Oh dear - poor Cat. I hope that he/she is safe and well and that he/she will return.

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  7. What about a plumb bob? Or a fishing float/bob? Or a bob/shilling?

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    1. I should have remembered the shilling bob. I guess you had them in Australia too. I won't explain what my mother and father called a "bobby" as this would surely offend many Bobs. I didn't learn another name for this stuff till I was fifteen.

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  8. I bob a curtsy to your knowledge Mr YP.

    LLX

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    1. And I bow to thee divine Lady Lettice...

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  9. I was going to say that Bob' is also a shilling or whatever a shilling is nowadays. It's been sort of covered already though. So I suppose I didn't really need to comment but I thought I'd just register my presence anyway.

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    1. I always like unwrapping presence.

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