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What’s the most memorable phrase or saying your dad had?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 19, 2011

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Photo of Clint Brown

“Probably the most common thing was ‘where’s the remote?’”

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“You’re cruisin’ for a bruisin’.”

Photo of Char Higgins

“Were you born in a barn?”

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“In the morning he’d wake me up and say, ‘Hey, boy, we’ve got work to do.’”

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Carol Bowen 2 years, 9 months ago

"If somebody tells you everything he knows, he don't know much."

When I told dad I as getting married, he said, "It's about time."

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Kontum1972 2 years, 10 months ago

hmmmm...ok...

Vietnam was not a War!

WW2 was a War....!

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kujayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

You're never as good as you think you are, but you're never as bad as they think you are.

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KSChick1 2 years, 10 months ago

when I faced something hard "it builds character" "this is gonna hurt me more than it's gonna hurt you" and "eat your vegetables, there's starving kids in India"

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somedude20 2 years, 10 months ago

"Making the sex is like a Chinese dinner, it ain't over till you both get your cookies. Remember I told you that"

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Clickker 2 years, 10 months ago

"Here ya go kid, smoke 'em up" On my 13th birthday when he gave me a carton of Winstons. I didnt really smoke at the time, but I did after that. "Waddaya think I'm made of Fckin money?" Any time I asked for something. "We're not gettin fckin Converse" When I wanted 'designer' tennis shoes "I dont call you Son (Sun) because I think your bright" Whenever i did something stupid.

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acg 2 years, 10 months ago

My dad had several we heard alot: "Who left these lights on, what am I, made of money???" "I'll kick your ass up over your shoulder blades!!" and my personal fav, which pretty much worked for any occasion: "Two tears in a bucket...and mother f**k it!!"

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 10 months ago

"Life is hard, then you die."

"Hey Dad, I want..." "Want in one hand and pee in the other...see which fills up first."

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woodlingwho 2 years, 10 months ago

Have you been drinking dirty water?

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g_rock 2 years, 10 months ago

Fun afternoon. Sister time. Daddy and train stuff. Grandparents too. And first veggies out of the folk's garden!

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LadyJ 2 years, 10 months ago

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riverdrifter 2 years, 10 months ago

On a fishing trip: "If you don't get that crappie out of the brush quick, you're gonna lose the whole ball of wax." On a hunting trip: "Look at that dead pheasant fly away." He used other WWII stuff like SNAFU and I can't remember what else. An old breed Marine, casual use of "Semper Fi" in his presence got a level stare and the response "You must mean Semper Fidelis".

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autie 2 years, 10 months ago

I gots a casted iron skillet with my cousins face imprinted on it...can I sail that for moneys?

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LadyJ 2 years, 10 months ago

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Gandalf 2 years, 10 months ago

LJW should have an OTS about kids favorite saying about their dads. My daughters when introducing me to their friends was " this is my dad....the neanderthal".

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gvnobas 2 years, 10 months ago

"When I was your age, I had to work more than 15 hours a day, so if you want to eat supper tonight, I suggest you get back to the steel furnace - your brothers already put the coal in at 5 AM and they ain't complainin'"

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LadyJ 2 years, 10 months ago

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kusadgirl 2 years, 10 months ago

"the world doesn't revolve around you". And sometimes I would tell him, "yes it does, I'm a Solipsist!"

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MarcoPogo 2 years, 10 months ago

When it comes to bands he doesn't like, he'll ask "So what do these guys have against music?"

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pace 2 years, 10 months ago

I hesitate because my father's humor was ribald. He use to say " When I was young I laid bricks but now I ball buildings." . My mom taught us not to laugh at his jokes. He was a mason then turned to demolition. ho ho ho.

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pizzapete 2 years, 10 months ago

We're shipping you off to military school with the Finklestein kid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xaa5a...

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Alfred_W 2 years, 10 months ago

Finnbar1 posted: "If you think you have to borrow money from friends, decide which you need more, the money or your friends."

Pure gold.

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Finnbar1 2 years, 10 months ago

If you think you have to borrow money from friends, decide which you need more, the money or your friends. that music is driving me plumb out of my mind are you a pure D fool? smoke 'em if ya got 'em were you born in a barn? but the one that sticks in my memory the most was the time he didn't say anything after I wrecked his car.

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Ceallach 2 years, 10 months ago

"If you have ANY doubt, just say the word, we will walk out of this church, and I promise, no one will say a word to you about it."

I miss him.

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 10 months ago

I was raised mostly by my grandparents and probably one of the most memorable things of the many my larger than life grandfather often said was..

The more you cry, the less you pee.

In his odd and old world humor way, it was a way to comfort us when we were crying, telling us there was no shame in crying.

I miss him.

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autie 2 years, 10 months ago

From just an hour ago...My Pappa, the retired family doctor who will be 87 this year from our discussions today..., "They need to get the god damn insurance companies out of the middle. I remember when I started..it was between me and the patient. If I knew they didn't have much, I didn't charge much. If I knew they had a lot, I soaked 'em. When your premium goes to pay some egg head executive a million dollar bonus it won't work right."

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Pitt_Mackeson 2 years, 10 months ago

My old man: "When my dad was a kid, if you didn't come eat when you were called for dinner, you F*CKIN' starved."

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RidgeRunner 2 years, 10 months ago

Damn it boy----Play hard, or not at all.

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Kat Christian 2 years, 10 months ago

Have no idea - didn't know the man - he left when I was 2. Father's Day is only for the deserved - not just because you became a father. I've never celebrated Father's Day in my life and don't ever plan to - just another beautiful Sunday as any other sunny day to me.

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rodentgirl16 2 years, 10 months ago

"You better cool your wheels, boy!" to my brothers. I was so sweet he never had to say such things. ;)

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HollisBrown 2 years, 10 months ago

"It's only money....."(shrugs shoulders). And believe me, we weren't rich. "Stop putting yourself down. There are plenty of people who'll do that for free." "Easy, David!"- When it was raining hard. I'm still not sure what he actually meant. "Scrubbers" and "Cows"- A reference to obnoxious women, e.g. Madonna, Lady Gaga. A British thing, I think. It's my first Father's Day without him. He was my best friend. I love you, Dad. And I miss you.

I knew I should have sat this one out.......

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dajudge 2 years, 10 months ago

Hey, if you're getting a beer, can you get me one, too?

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g_rock 2 years, 10 months ago

Actually, the most often quoted was "you make a great door but not a very good window" as I was sitting in front of the TV in his way.

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tange 2 years, 10 months ago

"We're not air-conditioning the front yard!"

(Interestingly, Mom always picked up the complementary "... not heating the front yard."

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g_rock 2 years, 10 months ago

"hey kid, you want some beans?"

My daddy is from a family of all boys and he ended up with a family of girls. He is a very very patient man.

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autie 2 years, 10 months ago

....more... You shot behind him

Good shot.

My Dad made me pluck everything.

Where would you be if I didn't buy all the shotgun shells?

Why do you have a pocket full of duck loads, we're dove hunting.

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amy_irenie 2 years, 10 months ago

"Wakie Wakie! Daylight in the swamp!"

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rockchalker52 2 years, 10 months ago

If any of us whined, whimpered, b#tched or moaned, our Dad would say, "It'll be all right." Danged if he wasn't correct.

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Bunny_Hotcakes 2 years, 10 months ago

Do we just have to pick one?

"I know everything...that's worth knowing."

"Everyone has a right to their own opinion, even if it's wrong."

"Could you get me an apple, a knife, and a napkin?"

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deec 2 years, 10 months ago

I can't use those words on here or I might get disappeareded.. I miss my daddy.

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roadwarrior 2 years, 10 months ago

"Never bet any more than you can afford to lose." Said more often when confronted with any form of whining......"well, I'm sorry about that kid." Stellar human, lucky to still have him. He turned 87 this year.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 10 months ago

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RoeDapple 2 years, 10 months ago

"You better eat that! There's kids in China that don't get that much food in a week!"

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FlintlockRifle 2 years, 10 months ago

"" SON If you don't use your head, you will have to use your feet"" boy is that ever true even today

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autie 2 years, 10 months ago

what in the hell is going in on down there?

Never stick your pr**k in anybody you wouldn't marry.

Sent that boy to college so he could pound nails.

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thebcman 2 years, 10 months ago

"Betty! Tell him not to look at the sun!"

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Rex Russell 2 years, 10 months ago

"You know, some day you'll be able to take the old man. But guess what..today ain't that day. Mow the d--- lawn.

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LadyJ 2 years, 10 months ago

My dad was the silent type, very silent. The only time he talked, you were in big trouble. My mom was always working evenings so if we wanted to do anything with friends we had to ask dad and he automatically said no. Figured out you didn't ask him, you just told him where you were going and what you were going to do. He would just nod and keep doing what he was doing.

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lalalala 2 years, 10 months ago

"Turn that jungle music down!"

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kusadgirl 2 years, 10 months ago

"No way are you leaving this house dressed like that"

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looza 2 years, 10 months ago

"listen to your mother"........................"pull your pants up"..............."turn off that rap music"

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Gandalf 2 years, 10 months ago

Now what did you do?

My mom quit going to parent/teacher conferences when I was in the the fifth grade...she told my dad that was his job from then on.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 10 months ago

At my brother's wedding. "This ain't nothin' but a bunch of G Dn hippies!" (Loud enough to be heard throughout the church . . . . . . . . .guess you had to be there . . .

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beatrice 2 years, 10 months ago

Seriously, what is with the photos? Have you forgotten how to turn the flash on or something?

My dad didn't say that, I'm saying that.

My dad always says "I love you." Not original or witty, but they are good words to grow up and grow old hearing.

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zippy53 2 years, 10 months ago

"In boxing, never bet on the white guy"

and

"Never vote for a Democrat"

Wise words indeed.....

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