It is nearly impossible for me to explain what it was like growing up with a father who had a saying for everything. Or as I like to call them "DAD-isms."

  1. I’m not made of money!
  2. I’m not sleeping; I’m just resting my eyes.
  3. Whatever you do, don’t tell your mother!
  4. When I was your age…
  5. Go and ask your mother!
  6. Turn off those lights. Do you think I am made of money?
  7. They don’t make them like they used to.
  8. Waste not, want not.
  9. What part of NO don’t you understand?
  10. You’ll realize the value of money once you start earning.

We have phrases and sayings that we use every day that could be considered "DAD-ism." Sometimes we use phrases that we have been hearing our entire lives because they are the same phrases our parents and grandparents used. In some cases, even phrases that our great-grandparents used.

Little did you know, that some of those everyday phrases we use here in Montana are a little racist.

We discovered the meaning behind a handful of phrases that are used daily here in Montana. Whether it be at work or home. Phrases that we have used for years, not knowing what they mean. Phrases that were originally racist have been altered into the modern phrases we use today.

(Using a favorite Dad'ism) "I was today years old" when I learned the origin of these popular phrases we use every day in Montana. Now that I know the meaning behind the sayings, are they still racist to use in conversation? That is up to you to decide.

Here are 15 of the most common phrases that are racist in origin.

Commonly Used Phrases That Are Historically Racist

You'd have to look long and far to find an example of someone using these as they were originally intended today. As they were first coined to oppress, they've become universally accepted as ordinary, everyday greetings and phrases in this modern day.

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