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Do you know anyone called Bob? If so, why?

Asked by Jeruba (51916points) September 25th, 2018

Why do you know him?—not why is he called Bob.

Just asking.

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ragingloli's avatar

No one here is named “Bob”. What a stupid name.

janbb's avatar

Several Bobs whose formal name is Robert. Some are sailors, some are Unitarians, some are walkers. Bob’s your uncle! Some Bob for apples and some for applause. I bob my head in their honor although it is not my favorite name.

By the way, now you can go make me a sandwich!

canidmajor's avatar

Oh, lordy, so many. A couple of them used to regularly go to the Bob Festival in Colorado. Is that still going on, I wonder?

chyna's avatar

He lived across the street from me.

rojo's avatar

I used to, I used to work for him. He later quit as president of the construction company to open a sandwich shop in Colorado. Many years later I heard he sold his five franchised shops he had opened during his time there and is now retired in, I believe, Missouri on a lake.

Before that I knew a salesman in anther company I worked for that had that name. He taught me that it was alright to be a cut-throat SOB when on the job and to go have drinks and a laugh with your rivals after work.

And before that I used to cave with a guy named Bob who was going back into the military after college graduation with the hopes of becoming a chopper pilot. I think he is dead now. I know the other caver that I was an acquaintance with is. He used to sell caving equipment under the name Bob&Bob. I never knew the second Bob (or maybe he was the first I don’t know); he sold out before I got into it.

zenvelo's avatar

I went to high school with a couple. I had a couple of them in my fraternity when I was in college. I work with one now.

stanleybmanly's avatar

More Bobs than I care to count. Two of the wife’s old boyfriends are Bobs, and we’re great friends of both of them & their families. It’s a small incestuous world!

janbb's avatar

And then there’s always bob-o-links.

Brian1946's avatar

I do, because it’s my first name.

My parents had such high regard for it, that they always called me Brian. ;-)

janbb's avatar

For some reason, I much prefer the nickname Rob to Bob.

notsoblond's avatar

Yeah, he’s always pestering everyone to make him a sandwich.

rebbel's avatar

At last someone’s asking about Bob….
Bob was a mechanic in a car factory.

(I remember we have/had a Bob on Fluther; ‘sandwich Bob’)

Jeruba's avatar

@janbb, but I’d rather see someone go bob-bob-bob than rob-rob-rob.

janbb's avatar

^^ When the red red bobin goes rob, rob, robbing along?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Haven’t had a Bob hairdo in 50 yrs.

yesitszen's avatar

Yes. He lived close by.

flutherother's avatar

Yes, he started primary school at the same time as me and we were friends for the next 60 years. He was rarely called Bob as he was known by his nickname.

Brian1946's avatar

Those who prefer Rob, must be living in a Petrie dish in New Rochelle. ;-).

LuckyGuy's avatar

Decades ago Bob was my stock broker. He did well and retired. Now he delvers newspapers on a rural route that includes my home. He loves it! I went on a ride along and had a ball!
We go out for breakfast about once a month to discuss stocks and other investments. Fun.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Off the top of my head, I know a Bob (business acquaintance), a Bobby (neighbor), and two Robbys (both college-age kids of middle-aged friends).

ucme's avatar

Bob was old english slang for a shilling, a coin worth around 12 old pence.

flutherother's avatar

Bob-a-job week.

seawulf575's avatar

Knew several in my time. One was the brother of my best man. Two were on the submarine with me. I work with one now. Why do I know them? Because their lives crossed mine at some time.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I have an Uncle Bob. He was NOT named Robert at birth; but was named Bobby which was cute as an infant, toddler, & young child. Somewhere around 30, 40, or 50 he decided that he was too old for Bobby & managed to get it shortened to Bob. Since I had known him ALL my life as Bobby, that’s what I still call him although he doesn’t appreciate it!!!

My husband was Robert & his family called him Bobby. At his request, I NEVER called him Bobby. Then again, when I met him, he introduced himself to me as Robert & I failed to associate Bobby with him. It only became awkward when his family was visiting & they spoke of Bobby & I had to remember who they meant!!!

JLeslie's avatar

A very dear friend of mine from college, her dad is named Bob.

My neighbor is Bob.

A friend of my dad is named Bob. They’ve known each other since college. I became friends with he and his wife also when I happened to live by them for a couple of years.

One Bob I know, I don’t really know, he is just a Facebook connection. I know him like I might know a jelly who I only see onscreen.

I know a Bobbi and a Bobby also, but I do t think you are asking about them.

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba I just figure out why you asked: Bob’s your uncle!

janbb's avatar

Edit: “figured”

flutherother's avatar

I once knew a guy called Bob Slay. He went downhill fast.

YARNLADY's avatar

I am married to a Robert, who is often called Bob. His parents called him Bobby until they died.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Bob and I are going out for breakfast next week!

zenvelo's avatar

Typical Fluther thread, criticizing people’s belief systems and the Church of Bob

Mariah's avatar

My grandpa’s name was Bob. His dad wanted to put “Bob” as his official name on his birth certificate; his mom talked him out of it.

Kardamom's avatar

Dated one.

Had a boss by that name.

My financial planner has that name.

One of my brother’s high school friends, who he still is friends with, has that name.

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