Sunday, June 13, 2010

A chip off the old block

Dedicated to Piotr and Jarek who will both be celebrating their first Father's day today.

(Congratulations to Anna and Jarek on your new arrival!)

So, what is a chip off the old block?

A chip, in this sense is not the kind you eat but a small piece of wood. The block is not the kind you live in but a larger piece of wood.

Therefore, we use this to describe someone who is just like his father.

He's a chip off the old block. We can also say, 'like father like son.'

Here's the perfect song for the occasion. Some retro snyth pop from 1972 featuring a Moog synthesiser. As a bonus, it's a kareoke version, so you get to see the words and you can sing along.

Son of my father - by Chicory Tip. do,do,do, doo, doo, dooo!