Dadisms

What He Says and What He Really Means

‘You better not let your mom hear you saying that.’ Translation: I’m too tired to discipline you for a small infraction like a cuss word, especially since you probably learned that word from me. Just don’t try it in front of your mother or we’ll both be sorry!" Cathy Hamilton’s handy reference decodes Dad’s idiomatic sayings that are often evoked to cajole, shame, motive, inspire, threaten, or bewilder his offspring. 

About the Author

Creator of Boyfriend-in-a-Box, Cathy Hamilton earned her 15 minutes of fame with appearances on the Today show and To Tell the Truth. Cathy currently writes a weekly column called Boomer Girl Diary for the Lawrence Journal World and is founder and editor of www.BoomerGirl.com, a web site created especially for women who were born during the baby boom. She lives with her husband and the occasional boomerang kid in Lawrence, Kansas.

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