AIBU to not find it funny?

(60 Posts)
Joolsy Sun 06-Oct-13 22:00:05

I bought myself a really nice (I think) checked shirt last weekend. First time I put it on OH starts singing "I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok". Managed to ignore it. Wore it again yesterday and sure enough, he starts singing that line from the lumberjack song several times over the course of the morning, obviously trying to wind me up & thinking it's hilarious. In the end I told him to maybe think up an original, funny joke & that I didn't find it funny. He then got in a strop & said I should take him as he is & not try to change him. Who was in the right/wrong? Thanks in advance

CoffeeTea103 Sun 06-Oct-13 22:02:37

You wouldn't believe but the exact same thing happened to me. My DH kept asking if I'm off to chop up some wood. Ugh have worn that shirt since.

Joolsy Sun 06-Oct-13 22:04:15

Ha ha! I thought maybe I had a sense of humour bypass, but no, it really wasn't funny. Glad I'm not the only one. But I still like the shirt.

Donkeyok Sun 06-Oct-13 22:05:09

Buy him one for Christmas and when he opens it you can sing
"Your a lumberjack and I don't care"

I laughed reading the OP.

You have the higher ground seeing as your men know nothing about fashion!

The death stare normally stops this behaviour in our house.

Next time you spend an evening out, start singing about how you "put on women's clothing and hang around in bars".

I'm afraid that in the meantime you sound a bit like one of the Mounties. WIth your DH on this one.

CajaDeLaMemoria Sun 06-Oct-13 22:10:38

You'll hear the same thing everywhere if you wear a checked shirt.

It's the 'approved' funny thing to say to people in checked shirts. It doesn't really matter if its funny. People seem to believe it's hilarious.

Humour him, and find an annoying song to sing back. A loud round of 'I know a song that will get on your nerves'?

YouTheCat Sun 06-Oct-13 22:13:36

Buy him suspenders and a bra and sing it back at him? grin

AnneTwacky Sun 06-Oct-13 22:13:53

Buy him spam for all his meals.

YoMamma Sun 06-Oct-13 22:14:10

My DH does this sort if thing all the time. When I wear gladiator sandals I am asked if I'm on my way to the colosseum, when I wear some low heeled ankle boots I am told I look like a cowgirl, etc etc. Never funny!!

DeckSwabber Sun 06-Oct-13 22:16:50

I would be the one singing the song in our house.


Don't you mean "buttered scones"?

runningonwillpower Sun 06-Oct-13 22:17:27

I pointed out to friend that a woman nearby was wearing the same checked shirt as I was. She replied, 'yes, you both look like farmers'.

So, not always lumberjacks.

Nishky Sun 06-Oct-13 22:20:21

I bought what I thought was a lively striped jumper. My dh and a friend have commented on my Dennis the menace vibe angry

Nishky Sun 06-Oct-13 22:20:40

Lovely, obviously.

DukeSilver Sun 06-Oct-13 22:20:58

Oh dear...I sing that song to myself when I wear my checked shirt grin

Writerwannabe83 Sun 06-Oct-13 22:20:59

I went to my sisters the other day and she excitedly dragged me upstairs to show me the new shirt she had just bought. To my complete shock and horror she pulls a checked shirt out that looked exactly like something a farmer would wear! I was absolutely Gobsmacked!! She saw my facial expression and weakly said, "Don't you like it?"

I couldn't even lie to her because I was that speechless grin

WorraLiberty Sun 06-Oct-13 22:22:38

I've sung that loads of times to DH when he wears a checked shirt.

Thankfully he doesn't take himself too seriously.

PoppyWearer Sun 06-Oct-13 22:25:21

I've worn checked shirts all my life (pre-90s grunge) and never once had someone sing that to me! And my DDad is a) a huge Monty Python fan and b) very crass and insensitive.

I'm starting to feel a bit as if I've missed out....

I have at least two checked shirts hanging in my wardrobe currently. Just thought of another one. At least three. Possibly more.

YouTheCat Sun 06-Oct-13 22:27:33

Poppy, you are actually a lumberjack, aren't you? grin

I am horrified at the fashion crimes being disclosed on this thread.

Mehrida Sun 06-Oct-13 22:30:13

Can't you just reply something about chopping wood if he carries on like that? Or that it's an appropriate outfit as you're lumbered with him?

Yanbu to not find it funny.

Yabu to be bothered by a stupid joke.

YouTheCat Sun 06-Oct-13 22:30:56

And anyway, the lumberjack in that sketch isn't a lumberjack. He just wants to be one. He's actually a rather bloodthirsty barber.

WorraLiberty Sun 06-Oct-13 22:31:28

Poppy are you ok?

And how many hours do you work? grin

InkleWinkle Sun 06-Oct-13 22:32:23

I looked at a lovely checked shirt yesterday then turned to DH and said "would you sing the lumberjack song?"

"Yes" he said.

Popped the shirt back & walked away...

ICameOnTheJitney Sun 06-Oct-13 22:32:40

My DH did the same to me! shock I thought my shirt enhanced my femininity because it was masculine looking but no...apparently it made me look "butch". sad angry

ENormaSnob Sun 06-Oct-13 22:32:47

I got "cant touch this" off dh when i wore harem trousers a few year ago.

And called where's wally in my striped dress.

I find it funny tbh.

I'd say

"I cant be a lumberjack, I only handle small wood"

Amd then walk off grin

TaudrieTattoo Sun 06-Oct-13 22:32:49

I got 'Rowr. Dennis the Menace' this morning when I put on my new navy and purple striped jumper.


bordellosboheme Sun 06-Oct-13 22:35:00

This thread has me lol lol lol grin

bludgerwitch Sun 06-Oct-13 22:35:55

I love checked shirts! My DH doesn't, he does the lumberjack thing. angry I just pinch his bottom and tell him he's a numpty.

BTW, I think your DH is a bit hurt about the fact that you don't appreciate his humour - I agree with the others, turn it around on him and see how he likes it!

Tell us what sort of things he wears. Then we can tell you what to sing.

SoleSource Sun 06-Oct-13 23:06:42

He sounds like a laugh, lighten up ffs

ladydepp Sun 06-Oct-13 23:10:48

I think you're being a wee bit over sensitive tbh. Treat him like a toddler and ignore the bad behaviourwink.

My dh hums the Darth Vader music from Star Wars whenever I wear a certain pair of black boots. Annoying but also amusing smile.

DiseasesOfTheSheep Sun 06-Oct-13 23:11:32

Checked shirts are cool.

The lumberjack song is cool.

What's to get upset about?

flipchart Sun 06-Oct-13 23:14:03

When I wear my really high shoes DH calls me Avaline ( from bread)
That is obviously not a complement!

Personally I would turn the tables, tie it at the waist wear a little denim mini skirt/denim shorts and put your hair in bunches (if long enough). My OH would go crazy (in a good way) for me. Then at least the next time you wear it he'll have cheeky thoughts ;)

quoteunquote Sun 06-Oct-13 23:22:05

go and do a chainsaw course (surprisingly good fun) get the trousers , boots, and mask, and the next time he he starts singing, start the chainsaw and look annoyed, he won't do it again.

GruffBillyGoat Mon 07-Oct-13 00:07:25

DP gets called Charlie Brown every time he wears a particular striped shirt. To be honest I hate the shirt with a passion, so may be trying to annoy him in to not wearing it anymore. Either humor the man, or show up with an axe.

Gruntfuttock Mon 07-Oct-13 00:35:55

Lighten up.

Could you run at him with an axe the next time he sings it?

Weeantwee Mon 07-Oct-13 00:55:40

I have a checked shirt which DH thinks I'm sexy in for some reason. I mostly wear it when I'm cleaning the house and haven't bothered showering confused


CharityFunDay Mon 07-Oct-13 01:05:46

Monty Python bores are legitimate targets for murder in my book.



Idocrazythings Mon 07-Oct-13 03:05:32

I have a green top I really liked. Until DH kept saying I looked like gumby. Now I hardly wear it. He has put me off it.

Idocrazythings Mon 07-Oct-13 03:05:48

I have a green top I really liked. Until DH kept saying I looked like gumby. Now I hardly wear it. He has put me off it.

Euphemia Mon 07-Oct-13 03:49:48

Sometimes we need our nearest and dearest to ground us. They're the ones who tell us the truth, when anyone else would tell white lies and say "Oh you look nice in that shirt," whilst actually thinking "I wish I was a girly, just like my dear papa ..."


A couple of years ago I bought what I thought was a lovely pair of jammies. First night I wore them, DH asked if I was joining the circus, and DD asked if I was going to a fancy dress party. hmm Both entirely separately. sad

The jammies went to the charity shop next day. Neither DH nor DD ever noticed that I never wore them again! Gits.

Looking back, they were right! The jammies were heinous. grin

MapofTassie Mon 07-Oct-13 06:08:24

I have 2 checked shirts that I wear for gardening.
The DSs call them my scarecrow shirts.
Much to DH's amusement.



MrsWolowitz Mon 07-Oct-13 06:24:31

I think you're being a bit over sensitive.

It sound like he was only having a bit of fun.

sydlexic Mon 07-Oct-13 06:52:54

Tell him he can't be a lumberjack because his chopper is not big enough.

Joolsy Mon 07-Oct-13 08:05:25

Thanks all, and I love sydlexic's idea - will def try that one!!!!!

2tiredtocare Mon 07-Oct-13 09:14:48

Some builders sang the the,e tune to raw hide as I passed in my poncho

MrsOakenshield Mon 07-Oct-13 09:20:09

it's such a boringly tiresomely predictable thing to do. Is his sense of 'humour' always as unoriginal as this grin?

freddiefrog Mon 07-Oct-13 09:27:17

I got the same from my DH when I wore a checked shirt a little while ago. The first time I rolled my eyes and humoured him a bit, 2 hours later when he was still going on about it I asked him to change the record.

I wore a plain black shirt with jeans yesterday and he kept asking me when I was going to the office (apparently, I looked like a secretary). Again, 2 hours later I was sick of hearing it.

It's just over-egging it

I'm definately storing the chopper line for next time I wear the checked shirt though

ScarerAndFuck Mon 07-Oct-13 09:38:37

I think it's almost to be expected if you buy a checked shirt, someone will sing the song and think they are the first person ever to do so. In much the same way as when I tell people I have hearing problems, some joker will think it hilarious to say "what? pardon?" to me as thought nobody ever thought of that before hmm

The problem I would have is that singing it once or twice, briefly, might be funny. Singing it every time you wear it and for as long as it takes to get a reaction from you and wind you up would get annoying and boring.

As a teen I had a boyfriend who insisted on saying "etty-quetty" in the style of Baldrick from Blackadder and I just wanted to poke him in the eye because he said it so often. I still occasionally bump into him now and again and he seems to have moved on to 'garlic bread' and 'simples' now.

You were perhaps being a bit sensitive but he wasn't being original or even all that funny, especially if he was pushing you for a reaction rather than a laugh.

So I think him getting into a huff and sulking about being unappreciated and complaining about how you are trying to change him is the bigger problem than you not finding a joke song from 45 years ago all that funny when he's singing it to provoke you.

GhostsInSnow Mon 07-Oct-13 09:54:06

Mine does it too, its funny.
I dress 'alternatively' shall we say, and one of my favourite shirts I owned a few years ago had hooks and clips on the back and sides (think like the clip on the end of a dog lead). I had to stop wearing it because I'd be at the sink randomly doing the dishes and walk off only to find he'd clipped me to the cupboards etc blush

Anniegetyourgun Mon 07-Oct-13 10:41:18

Her Papa is too girly to make such remarks. Or too busy pressing his wild flower collection.

Anniegetyourgun Mon 07-Oct-13 10:42:00

Bah, once again missed a whole pageful. It's not funny an hour later <stamps foot>

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