19 Southern Dad-isms Everyone Should Know

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Growing up in the South is one of the greatest gifts. Southern kids grow up learning what it means to have southern hospitality, how to work hard and what a truly delicious buttermilk biscuit tastes like.

One of the key factors in what makes southern roots so great is Southern fathers. They know how to honestly raise a child with tough love, kind words and a smile that can make any kid melt. And even though some of these phrases seemed harsh or unfair at the time, now we can really understand and appreciate what they mean.

19 Southern Dad-isms Everyone Should Know:

1. “I’m not just talking to hear my own voice”

Dad used this when we had a case of selective hearing.

2. “Don’t use that tone with me”

You’d better start talking sweet or else.

3. “You’ll have to ask your mom

This was Dad saying that he either didn’t want to be the one to say “no” or he knew that if he said “yes,” there would be hell to pay.

4. “You’re going to like it, whether you like it or not”

Suck it up.

5. “Money doesn’t grow on trees”

This meant, “You’re not getting any more ‘fun’ money no matter how many times you ask.”

6. “Early bird gets the worm”

Take initiative and be proactive.

7. “Don’t make me turn this car around”

This was a common phrase used on road trips when we were fighting or acting up in the back seat.

8. “One more word and I’ll knock you back into the first grade”

This pretty much meant, “Shut up or you’ll be grounded for all eternity.”

9. “Turn off the lights”

Dad was always about saving money on electricity.

10. “Do you think I’m made of money”

Basically, this meant, “No, you can’t have whatever it is you’re asking for.”

11. “Measure twice, cut once”

Be careful and meticulous in the beginning and it’ll save you time and work in the long run.

12. “This hurts me more than it hurts you”

This is for your own good and I hate that I have to punish you this way.

13. “Pull my finger”

I’m about to fart.

14. “Don’t cry over spilled milk”

In the scheme of things, this is very small and will pass.

15. “If all your friends jumped off a mountain, would you do it too”

Don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it.

16. “Wish in one hand and pee in the other– see which one fills up the fastest”

Quit wishing and start doing.

17. “Don’t eat yellow snow”

Dads in the South have to warn their children about yellow snow because it’s rarely seen– snow, that is.

18. “You’re getting too big for your britches”

Dad isn’t about to buy you new pants, he’s about to adjust your attitude.

19. “He doesn’t know whether to check his ass or scratch his watch”

If dad is saying that about someone, someone isn’t too bright.

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