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Dougisms: Words to Live By

Dougisms: Words to Live By


Like most dads, ours had a vernacular all to his own. These sharp-witted, off-the-cuff, crazy sayings spiced up his everyday conversations. Maybe your dad uses a few of them himself! Here’s the definitive list of Doug-isms:

Hey, even Ray Charles could see that!

Used to describe the obvious.

It’ll bring tears to a glass eye.

Used to express a degree of emotion.

If it ain’t red, it ain’t no good.

Used when making a color selection.

Luck is when preparation
meets opportunity.

Racing theory.

...he acts like he's been beaten with a cash register handle as a kid!

Used to describe a person with their hands in their pocket when it’s time to pay the bill.

Do as I say, not as I do.

Wisdom to daughters and grandchildren.

Ride him like you stole him.

Directive to jockeys.

It's Red's Rabbit now!

Used to express a shift in competition


Wisdom for patience.

Up and at 'em!

Directive with many uses.

That bitch can leave a set of gates!

Adjective to describe a fast horse.

All sickness is not death.

Wisdom for positive attitude.

Eighter from Decatur, BoBo and Blair

Used in gaming.

charlie card

Term for the King in Canasta.

Cream rises to the top.

Wisdom for perseverance.

Go'on with it!

Encouragement for anything.


A small gift given without reason.

Fruit on the table

Don't ask.

All's Welcome.


He's nice

Dog talk

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Kaye Nelson - November 3, 2019

The El Roy is the one I ordered.
I didn’t want the Escalante.
Can you get the ElRoy in a size 2 X?
If so, may I exchange the Escalante for the ElRoy?

Victoria Lewis - June 21, 2019

That dog won’t hunt. ( laziness, or improbability)
All biscuits No Gravy. ( no substance)

Gail LaFerrara - June 21, 2019

This just might be my favorite post!

Penny Kling - June 21, 2019

I always enjoyed seeing your dad in your photos over the years – he looked like such a fun & loving man! I still remember how it caught my breath when I read that he’d passed away. I’m sure y’all share this sentiment spoken by one of my sons several years after the death of my dad, “I sure wish Grandpa would’ve lived longer.” 💔

Carina Spies - June 17, 2019

Such nice, wise sayings! Love it!❤❤

Maggie belle Herr - June 17, 2019

Now … I miss your Dad for you and your family ! I bet he was a super grandpa man too ❣️ Great bunch of photos and anecdotes to glimpse his character and he looks younger than us so it seems he left you way too soon :-( mb

Rebecca Dyer - June 17, 2019

Loved all the Dougisms! I know all of you miss your “rock”! I miss mine .. Rayisms made us better kids !

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