Do you think I'm made of money The phrase revealed as most popular among Britain's penny-pinching dads
17:14 GMT, 5 November 2012
It is a phrase familiar to many a teenage girl who has turned to the 'bank of dad' when in need of extra cash for a night out or a new outfit.
Now 'Do you think I'm made of money' has topped a poll of the most frequently-used sayings among Britain's dads – followed closely by 'money doesn't grow on trees'.
'Waste not want not' and 'now, don't go spending a lot on me' also earned a spot in the top 20 best-loved phrases of the UK's cash-conscious fathers.
'You'll understand when you're older': A poll of 2,000 adults revealed the most popular phrases among Britain's dads
The poll of 2,000 adults uncovered a list of the most common funny phrases the nation's fathers come out with on a daily basis.
CHANGE THE RECORD DAD! FATHERS' TOP 20 MOST-USED PHRASES
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. 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
Not all of the remarks were money related, with mild admonishments and groan-inducing cliches also making it into the top 20.
'He's as thick as two short planks' was the third most-used phrase, followed by 'When I was your age' at number four – apparently many a father's favoured opener for a long-winded anecdote.
At number 14 was another remark likely to resonate with teenage daughters; 'You're not going out in that'.
The research commissioned by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment also revealed more than half of Britons believe their father uses an average of eight different 'dad phrases' on a regular basis.
A spokesman for the firm said: '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.
'It's interesting to see that the top two are both money-related – it's easy to see what is important to a lot of dads,' the spokesman added.
Researchers found that 55 per cent of Britons say there are certain phrases they will always associate with their dad, while 63 per cent find the sayings amusing.
A total of 43 per cent admit to using the phrases they heard their dad say while they were growing up, revealing the kernel of truth in the 18th most-popular phrase – 'you'll understand when you're older'.
Another 54 per cent believe they will, or already do, repeat the 'dad phrases' they heard to their own children.
Far from ignoring their dads' words of wisdom, 73 per cent said they now appreciated all the fatherly advice.
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