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Things Our Daddy's Said

Updated on September 28, 2018
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Lori's two great passions are God and family. She has a lifetime of joys and heartaches of family living she is willing to share.

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I think the things Dad's say to their children are pretty universal. The same with mamas. I've already covered Mama. Now it's time for Daddy. Did your daddy say any of these?

Daddy's a Cheapskate

  • Do you think I own the electric company? Turn off the lights (close the door).
  • Do you think I own the phone company? Get off the phone.
  • Close the door, were you born in a barn?
  • Do you think money grows on trees?
  • I just bought that, do you think I have money laying around to replace it?
  • That's coming out of your allowance.
  • What do you mean you want a raise in your allowance?
  • If you want a new bike save up your allowance.
  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • When I was a boy I never spent my allowance, I saved it.
  • When I was a boy I didn't bother my parents for things, I saved my allowance.
  • When I was a boy I had to make my own.
  • When I was a boy I took the bus.
  • When I was a boy I worked for things.
  • When I was a boy we never threw anything out.
  • I work hard for my money.
  • Do you know how much it costs to feed and clothe you?
  • It's too expensive.
  • I don't make that kind of money.
  • You expect me to pay for that?
  • Why don't I buy you one at a second-hand store?
  • A dime's a dime.
  • You think you have it so bad? I paid rent and utilities and food when I was a boy.

Some dad's have such archaic ways of thinking.
Some dad's have such archaic ways of thinking.

Daddy's Scoldings

  • Don't make me come in there.
  • Why the hell did you do that?
  • I thought I told you not to do that.
  • Don't you lie to me, I know where you live.
  • I brought you into this world and I can take you out.
  • Don't do as I do, do as I say.
  • Next one that blinks is going to get smacked.
  • Do what your mother tells you.
  • Go ask your mother.
  • You tell your mother I said for her to handle it.
  • Don't do that, you know what your mother will say.
  • I'll give you something to cry about.
  • Try it and see what happens.
  • Don't even think about it.
  • You don't think I'm serious?
  • Don't laugh, I'm dead serious.
  • I'm as serious as a heart attack.
  • I pay the bills, feed and clothe you, and put a roof over your head, so I make the rules.
  • How would you like it if I did that to you?
  • Do you think your brother likes that? Tell him you don't like that Robbie.
  • If you don't get over here I'll...
  • I told you to be quiet. Now tell me what happened.
  • What? Did you leave your brains at the door?
  • I told you that would happen, didn't I?
  • Go out and cut me a switch.
  • This going to hurt you a lot more than it's going to hurt me.
  • You don't know what pain is.
  • Your mother and I are very disappointed in you.
  • You've upset your mother.
  • Do you think I'm stupid?
  • I didn't just fall off the turnip truck you know.
  • You honestly expect me to believe that?
  • I'm going to give you to the count of one.
  • You don't want to do the dishes? Okay, how about you scrub the toilet with a toothbrush. I thought so.
  • You're grounded for a year young lady.
  • Oh, sorry I care about where you are going so I know you're safe. I must have lost my mind.
  • Doing your chores builds character.
  • Call me if you're going to be late.
  • You're one minute late. Why didn't you call?
  • You're one minute late. You can forget about going out with him again.
  • You're one minute late. You're grounded for a month.
  • That's no excuse.
  • You have to take your sister with you.
  • Mom or I will drive you to the (fill in the blank). We want to make sure you're safe.
  • You will do it and you will like it.
  • Quit yer whining.
  • One day you're going to have kids. I hope they act just like you.

The Huxtables

Theo: Dad, all those stories we've come to find out are not true.

Cliff: What? What? Who said? From who?

Theo, Denise, Vanessa, Rudy: Grandpa!

Cliff: You're going to believe a man that age?

Embarrassing Things Daddy said

Passing gas

  • Pull my finger.
  • I didn't do that.
  • That wasn't me it was your mother.
  • Who stepped on a frog?
  • Beans, beans, musical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot. The more you toot the better you feel. So let's have beens for every meal.
  • Whewy! I wasn't expecting that.
  • Did you hear something?
  • I didn't hear anything?
  • Do you smell something?
  • I don't smell anything.
  • Oh, here comes another one.
  • Mama, don't gimme no more beans.
  • Uh oh, that just kinda slipped out.
  • INCOMING...

Belching

  • Raaalllph!
  • Hand me a towel will you?
  • Ah, that was a good meal, hon.
  • Gimme another beer kid.
  • I can't help it if you're a good cook.
  • That just kind of flew out.
  • Excuse me.
  • Excuse you.
  • Ah, that's as good as it gets.

Clothing styles

  • What do you mean Daddy can't wear black socks with his sandals?
  • What do you mean Daddy can't wear white socks with black pants (shoes)?
  • What's wrong with this hat? It's my lucky fishing hat.
  • What do you mean they don't match?
  • I think it looks good on me. Mother, don't you think this looks good on me?
  • I'll just throw my suit coat over it and no one will see the stain.
  • Don't laugh, this is my lucky shirt.
  • Kids, did your mother throw away my lucky shirt (hat)?
  • What's wrong with white pants (shoes)? What? I like Pat Boone. He's a good Christian man.

When Daddy was a kid he...

  • When I was a kid I walked ten miles to school in ten feet of snow going uphill and got there in time to hear the school bell.
  • When I was a kid my daddy taught me to treat girls with respect.
  • When I was a kid my daddy taught me how to fight.
  • When I was a kid my daddy beat me bloody for doing that.
  • When I was a kid my mama whooped me but good for doing that.
  • When I was a kid I loved calves brains. Why can't you like it?
  • When I was a kid I... (did all kinds of dastardly things), and when I did it, it was funny, but don't you ever do it or I'll whoop you good.
  • When I was a kid I respected my mother.
  • When I was a kid I respected my daddy even though...


Ward Cleaver Exagerates

Wally Cleaver: "Yeah, every year the distance gets longer and the snow gets deeper."

Daddy's Dress Code for His Daughter

  • You are not going out in that young lady.
  • That's not a bathing suit, it's three little postage stamps.
  • Eve wore more than that in the garden of Eden.
  • One piece bathing suit only.
  • Your cleavage is hanging out all over.
  • Go put on something decent.
  • I said decent. That's not decent.
  • You're too young to wear panty hose.
  • You are not going walk around looking like a floozy.
  • What will the neighbors think of me if you go out dressed like that?
  • I said below the knees, not up to your ying yang.
  • What's wrong with knee socks. You're only 14.
  • Nice girls your age don't wear (fill in the blank).
  • Your mother never dressed like that.
  • What do you mean you're wearing Mom's skirt? Honey, throw that thing out. You shouldn't be wearing that.
  • 14 is too young to shave your legs and wear nylons.
  • I don't care what your friends are wearing.
  • I may be an old fuddy duddy, but you're still not going out in that.
  • Boys don't respect girls who wear that.
  • If you go out in that the boys will think you're easy.

"Eve wore more than that in the garden of Eden."
"Eve wore more than that in the garden of Eden." | Source

Tongue in cheek comments from our dad

  • Brains? When God handed out brains you thought He said trains and you already had one.
  • I'll be Frank with you Earnest.
  • Dad: "Chris (my sister), you're a card." Chris: "I don't go in a box." I never understood this stupid little joke between them but they did it all the time.
  • Eat it (or drink it) it'll put hair on your chest like Mom's.
  • Eat it (or drink it) and you'll grow a full head of hair like mine (he was bald on top).

"Rock 'n roll is evil and the Beatles are filthy hippies."
"Rock 'n roll is evil and the Beatles are filthy hippies."

Daddy's Thoughts and Rules About Entertainment and Dating

  • Rock and roll is evil.
  • Rock and roll is for degenerates.
  • The Beatles are filthy hippies
  • If you don't turn down that music your records (tapes, CD's) are going in the trash.
  • What's wrong with classical music?
  • Remember, when you're at the prom, don't dance too close. Boys are out to take your innocence.
  • G movies only.
  • Animated films only.
  • PG stands for perverted gangsters.
  • R-rated is porn. Your not going to see it.
  • If they ask you to play spin the bottle, call me to come get you.
  • You are too young for parties.
  • Let me call the parents and see if there are chaperones.
  • Your mother and I have volunteered to be prom chaperones.
  • I don't see what's wrong with your mother and I being chaperones.
  • If you want to have a party here, mother and I will be in the room at all times.
  • Girls shouldn't call boys.
  • Girls that call boys are loose.
  • He'll have to meet me if he wants to take you out.
  • There's nothing wrong with having a man to man before he takes you out.
  • His hair is too long.
  • You are not dating a guy with an earring.
  • He has to come to the door if he wants to take you out.
  • What kind of grades does he get? A boy who makes bad grades is a loser.
  • That girl's father is a lush. You can't hang out with her.
  • She or he is a bad influence on you.
  • If they told you to jump off a bridge would you do it?
  • I don't care what Mary's parents let her do.
  • 7:30 curfew is perfectly reasonable.
  • A boy who tries to hold your hand on the first date is too forward.

© 2012 Lori Colbo

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    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hi James, thanks for stopping by. What is really horrifying i when I catch myself saying some of those things to my kids.

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      James A Watkins 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Boy, do you have a good memory. I have heard almost all of these once you remind me of them but there is no way I could have come up with this list. Well done! Thank you for the trip down memory lane. I enjoyed the journey.

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks for stopping by Dancing Water and I do appreciate your comments.

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      Dancing Water 

      6 years ago

      Some of these are hilarious! I am amazed as to how many expressions your dad left for you to remember and quote! I'm afraid my dad would not have been able to compete. One I do remember though is, "A job well done is a job worth doing."

      Thank you for a sentimental and fun hub!

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      I can recall all of these -- from my Granny. Her favorite referred to her old mantle clock "When that clock strikes 10 p.m. you'd better be standing on the porch and opening the door to come in!" Wonderful, wonderful Hub -- thanks for the chuckles. Best/Sis

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      Krystal 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Makes me think of my father fondly. Thanks for sharing your memories. My father was a funny grump with a heart of gold. They do their best, don't they? I feel so lucky I get to identify with this hub! Thanks :)

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      Nikki Major 

      6 years ago

      Brings back a lot of memories....some funny and some sad...

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      teacherjoe52 

      6 years ago

      Hi lambservant.

      Yes these bring back memouries.

      Now, how many of them did you use with your children? ha ha

      God bless you

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      This was Funny!!! It is amazing what we are told as kids, and even more amazing when we catch ourselves saying similar things to our own kids. Great Job!!!!

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Carol, I have the same issue with some of my kids when they deal with their children. I cringe. It's hard to know when to step in.

      Molly, that polyester was some bad stuff. Aren't you glad you're all grown up and can dress as you like?

      SusieQ, Thanks for stopping by.

      LG, exactly. Too many women.

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      William Kovacic 

      6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      LS,

      I think I know why your dad had such a sense of humor. It's in that first picture with the smirk. Being surrounded by all those women drove him to it. Great hub. Thanks!

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      SusieQ42 

      6 years ago

      Sounds just like my dad. Yep- I remember those days all too well! Did we say these things to our kids? You bet we did! I thoroughly enjoyed this hub. Thanks for reminding me of...the good ole days??? lol

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Boy, this takes me back. Especially "go cut me a switch."

      As a kid whose parents forced her to wear polyester and curly hair during the '70s, I feeeeel your pain...lol!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I got a good laugh over this. And maybe some of the words seemed really ridiculous to you at the time. However, when I hear my son talk to his kids I really cringe. There is very little discipline and they get almost everything they want and get to do whatever they want. Each generation is different and handles kids totally different. Of course we did not have the fear that is out there today. Very funny and very good.

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      My Dad had some real shortcomings, but I have to say he was a very funny, charismatic kind of man. I miss him very much too. He passed away four years ago. Sometimes I want to call him, then I remember he is gone. I appreciate my parents now that I am aging, have raised my own children. And isn't it funny how we find ourselves repeating some of these remarks to our kids. Blessings HB.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This made me laugh and miss my own father SO much. Your dad sounds like a wonderful and funny man.

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