A poll of 2,000 dads uncovered the most common funny phrases that dads use on a daily basis.

A spokesman for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, which held the poll in the UK to mark the launch of The Best of Family Guy on DVD, said: ‘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.’

‘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. I’m sure everyone can go through the list and find one or two which their own dad has said before.’ he added.

The classic ‘Do you think I’m made of money’ came out on top, closely followed by ‘Money doesn’t grow on trees’. Interesting that the top two phrases where related to money, coincidence?

‘He’s as thick as two short planks’ was third in the poll, with ‘When I was your age …’ and ‘I’m not sleeping, I’m just resting my eyes’ finishing in the top five respectively.

‘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’.

‘If you were told to jump of a cliff, would you?’ was at number nine, and ‘They don’t make them like they used to’ finishing off the top ten.

Researchers found that 55 per cent of Britons say there are certain phrases that they will always associate with their dad and 63 per cent find the sayings amusing.

These common ‘dad ‘ have rubbed off on their children over the years, with 43 per cent admitting they often find themselves using the phrases they were brought up with, which implies the truth in the 18th most popular phrase ‘you’ll understand when you’re older’.

Far from ignoring their dads’ words of wisdom, 73 per cent said they now appreciated all the fatherly advice.

Another 54 per cent will, or have already done so, use the same sayings on their own children.

Top 20 Most Popular 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

I am a little surprised that ‘Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about’ is number 11, or even that is made it on this list. I have never and will never use this.

Which phrases are most memorable to you? Tell us in the comments below.

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