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Top 20 Dad Phrases

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Dad's best-loved phrases have been revealed - 'Do you think I'm made of money?' topped the list, followed closely by 'When I was your age' and 'He's thick as two short planks'.

A poll of 2,000 adults uncovered the most common, sarcastic or funny sayings that our fathers come out with on a daily basis – with the top two both money-related. 'Money doesn't grow on trees' featured highly, with I'm just resting my eyes', 'Were you raised in a barn' and 'I'm not sleeping' also featured in the top ten.

Half of Brits also confess their father uses an average eight different 'dad phrases' on the regular, unavoidably spouting the same sayings over and over again. 'He's as thick as two short planks' came third in the poll, while 'When I was your age …' and 'I'm not sleeping, I'm just resting my eyes' polled lower, but still made the top 5.

Everyone has probably known their dad to come out with something sarcastic, funny or just plain crazy at some stage in their lives, and it's quite funny to see them all listed in one place. Most of us can go through the list and find one or two which their own dad has said before. It's interesting to see that the top two are both money-related – it's easy to see what is important to a lot of dads! But while it can be embarrassing when dads say certain things, I'm sure they mean well. Some people may even describe the little sayings as one of their dad's endearing features.

'I'm not going to tell you again' came sixth, followed by 'Were you raised in a barn' and 'Don't talk back to your mother'.

'The classic daddism of 'If you were told to jump of a cliff, would you? along with 'They don't make them like they used to' rounded off the Top 10. Other popular dad sayings to feature within the top 20 include 'Don't tell your mother', 'Waste not, want not' and 'You're not going out in that'.

The research also revealed that 55% of Brits have certain phrases they will always associate with their dad. 63% admit they find the unique and quirky sayings 'amusing'. This might not be all that good however, as nearly half admit they've started picking up their dad's habits, rattling off phrases their old man once used. Another 54% will, or already do, use the same sayings on their own children. The study also found that far from ignoring their dad's words of wisdom, 73% admit they now appreciate all the advice from their father over the years.

Top 20 Dad Phrases

1. Do you think I'm made of money
2. Money doesn't grow on trees
3. He's thick as two short planks
4. When I was your age …
5. I'm not sleeping, I'm just resting my eyes
6. I'm not going to tell you again
7. Were you raised in a barn
8. Don't talk back to your mother
9. If you were told to jump off a cliff, would you?
10. They don't make them like they used to
11. Stop crying or I'll give you something to cry about
12. Don't tell your mother
13. Waste not, want not
14. You're not going out in that
15. We were grateful to have an orange for Christmas
16. Now, don't go spending a lot on me
17. A little hard work never hurt anybody
18. You'll understand when you're older
19. You don't know you're born
20. Don't let the bedbugs bite


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