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12 things Irish dads say, and what they really mean

Decode your dad!

 1. ”What’s that you’re eating there?”

Sod it I'm having two! Apologies to all you lovely #cleaneaters out there ... need to get out of this bad habit of wanting a sweet snack & a cuppa at this time of day! #chocolatedigestives #needanalternative Source: Instagram/jeniferojenny

What he really means: I see exactly what you’re eating there, and I want at LEAST two bits of it.

2. “If you’re going out to the kitchen, would you mind throwing on the kettle?”

Makes the best morning sound ✨ Source: Instagram/riannedouma

What he really means: Get up now fairly lively and make me a cup of tea. And don’t forget the biscuits.

3. “Why don’t you wear that nice blue blouse you have?”

A simple blouse is a must-have for this Winter! Add a fur vest & you will be set!! This gorgeous blue top can be styled so many different ways to create flawless looks. (top $48, jeans $68) Shop the link in our bio! #dressanddwell #newalbanyboutique #fallfashion #blueblouse #looksforless Source: Instagram/dressanddwell

What he really means: Would you ever put on something right? That’s awful skimpy.

4. “I’m going to Woodies for a few bits.”

You can tell I live a crazy teenage life , going to garden centres ❤️✌ Source: Instagram/andabaltag

What he really means: I will come back with a full attic renovation plan, a gazebo, and a bird house.

5. “That man is a right clown/gurrier/gobshite.”

Boa sexta pra vcs....Limex está numa animação que da gosto! Kkkk #clown #clownaticos #palhaco #palhacolindo

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What he really means: That man is the worst person in the entire world, and even being in the same room as him annoys me.

6. “Yeah, I’ll give you a lift.”

Millie riding in Dads taxi :-D #westie #westies #westiegirl #westiequeen #westhighlandwhiteterrier #westhighlandterrier #westiesofinstagram #westiegram #westietude #dogsofinstagram #doggygram #dogoftheday #drivingdog #dadstaxi Source: Instagram/learennie

What he really means: I can’t believe you’re going to make me get up out of this chair. But your mother will kill me if you walk home in the dark, so FINE.

7. “I was resting my eyes for a few minutes.”

What he really means: I was asleep and HOW DARE YOU change the channel.

8. “Do you know what you can do now for me?”

@jasmine_sufen I take photos of shoes therefore I am a fashion blogger #dadsslippers #igdaily #fashionista #swagyolo #fashionblogger #newtrend Source: Instagram/stephaniarenee

What he really means: I’m about to ask you to do something you won’t want to do, but I’m framing it as a treat!

9. “Well now and how did you get on?”

Throw🔙 to summer 2015 ❤️ #sickOfthisColdWeather #rollonsummer2016😫 #camogie #cashel #10

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What he really means: Did you win the match/get the job? That’s all I really want to know.

10. “Let me just have a look at the headlines for a second before you watch them Simpsons.”

teletext Source: DID.ie

What he really means: I want to watch the whole news bulletin and if you don’t like it, you can LUMP IT.

11. “And I got the whole lot for €30. Isn’t that great value, now?”

What he really means: This is the best thing that ever happened to me. Please be as excited about this as I am.


Hahahah. ❤ #DadAsleep #Kitty

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What he really means: I love that cat more than some of my children.

Previously: 12 things Irish Mams say… and what they really mean>

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