Monkey's uncle

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Feb 9, 2019 22:43
"I'll be a monkey's uncle". I read the sentence in a book and after some research I've found that it has the same meaning as "pigs might fly", to speak of something which is unbelievable. In French, we say: I'm the Pope or I'm the Queen of England, that makes sense because there's only one Pope/Queen of England, both are well-known and everybody can check that I'm none of them. But to be the monkey's uncle does not seem so obvious (mind you...). So, I searched further for an explanation and found it on Wikipedia. The phrase comes from creationists who were sure that human beings are not related to monkeys. Funny, isn't it? English language has always some surprises in store....