‘Do you think I’m made of money?’ tops list of fatherly expressions

See if you recognise any of these top 20 ‘dad phrases’...


It seems some things never change. For as long as children will covet goodies from toy shop windows and dads enjoy a restorative snooze after a large meal, so-called dad phrases will continue to be passed down through the generations.


Now, a survey of 2,000 adults by Twentieth Century Fox has revealed the classic fathering expressions that your granddad probably said to your dad, your dad to you and your children are likely to hear at some stage too.

Coming out in top place is the timeless “do you think I’m made of money?” often employed when a small child makes demands on his father’s wallet, closely followed by another financial gripe, “money doesn’t grow on trees.”

Coming in at number four is traditional gambit “when I was your age” a handy conversation starter which can not only lead to a long story about childhood of yore, but also handily segues into numbers 10, “they don’t make them like they used to” and 12, “we were grateful to have an orange at Christmas.”

And so, the top 20 dad phrases of 2012 are:

1. Do you think I’m made of money?
2. Money doesn’t grow on trees
3. He’s as 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. We were grateful to have an orange at Christmas
13. You’ll understand when you’re older
14. A little hard work never killed anyone
15. Don’t tell your mother
16. Don’t go spending a lot on me
17. You’re not going out in that
18. Waste not, want not
19. You don’t know you’re born
20. Don’t let the bed bugs bite

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