And now Words and Their Stories from VOA Learning English!
On this program we explore words and sayings in American English.
In the United States, we celebrate Fathers Day on the third Sunday in June.
So, for todays show we will celebrate fathers, too!
Now, being a father is no easy task.
To make it easier, some dads like to make jokes.
Jokes, of course, are supposed to be funny.
But Dad jokes are known for being … not funny.
They are corny.
They often result in eye rolls from the children who hear them.
Many children are embarrassed when they and their friends are subjected to fatherly humor!
For example, here is a joke my father used to make when I was a child.
He loved to watch baseball on television.
So, if I came between him and the TV, he would say,
"You make a better door than you do a window."
In other words, "I cant see the TV. Move!"
Little did I know, he is not the only dad to say this.
To research this story, I searched the web and found several sites that gather dad sayings.
A list on BoredPanda.com included his joke "you make a better door than you do a window."
BoredPanda.com上的一个列表中就有父亲的这个玩笑“you make a better door than you do a window”。
Now, lets talk about work.
Dads love to say this to any worker in any kind of workplace:
"So, are you working hard or hardly working?"
Many, many, many, many children have been embarrassed at stores, restaurants, repair shops …
just about anywhere with that joke.
Dads have a few sayings they find funny about money.
If your father gives you a little money, not a lot,
he might say, "Dont spend it all in one place!"
Or he might tell you to "keep the change!" when in fact, there is not much money left over.
When it comes to paying a bill, dads corny side really shines through.
Before even looking at a bill, they might say something like, "Whats the damage?"
Or they might look at their young children and say, "I hope you brought your money!"
In life there are few guarantees.
Thankfully, you can count on a father for many things.
They are usually there for their children through good and bad times, or through thick and thin.
You can also count on many fathers to say the same things when they see another man washing a car.
It is almost guaranteed that he will say one of two things.
He will either say, "Hey, you can do mine next."
or "You missed a spot! Ha, ha …!"
Oh dad, thats a good one.
Now, lets talk about departures.
When its time to leave, why just say, "Come on. Lets go…"?
Dads have so many interesting and really corny ways to say, "Its time to go."
Here are just a few:
"Ready to skedaddle?"
"Lets rock and roll!"
"Time to hit the road."
Some fathers also like to talk as if they were cowboys of the Old West.
They might say, "Saddle up partners!"
"Time to hit the trail!"
Another cowboy favorite is, "Lets get the heck out of Dodge!"
The saddle is a seat for a horse rider.
So, to saddle up means to get ready to go.
And the saying, "Lets get the heck out of Dodge!" means to escape a place quickly.
还有那句谚语：“让我们赶快离开这个鬼地方！” 意思是迅速逃离一个地方。 。
Dodge City is a town in Kansas created in the 1800s.
The frontier town saw lots of danger and action in its early days,
including shoot-outs between lawmen and criminal groups passing through.
However, Dads who have never been on a horse nor have been to Dodge can use these expressions.
And remember, you dont have to be a father to use any of these expressions.
Just know that if you do, expect a few eye-rolls in your general direction.
And thats it for this Words and Their Stories.
Time for us to skedaddle!
Until next time …
Im Anna Matteo.