Culture The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick  

Samantha Dillinger
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List Rules Vote up the best go-to "illnesses" to get you out of work.

Whether you're a little hungover or simply need a break from office life, sometimes you need a good excuse for calling in sick last minute. While it's uncouth to lie to your boss or supervisor habitually, the occasional little white lie probably won't cost you your job as long as you have some believable sick day excuses. If you just want a day to lounge in bed and watch television, here you'll find a list of ailments that aren't terribly hard to fake. 

Good sick day excuses are generally pretty simple, but also need to be justifiable reasons to spend a day on the couch. The key is finding an illness that's debilitating, but temporary. Things like food poisoning, a high fever, or a migraine can render you useless for a 24 hour period only. Therefore, your boss and coworkers won't get suspicious when you show up to the office all better the following day.

You have sick leave for a reason, so you might as well use it, even if it’s because you drank too many margaritas on Taco Tuesday. If you're wondering how to call in sick, you'll find a great list of what to say below.

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156 19
Vomiting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Vomiting

2
123 26
Fever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Fever

3
125 27
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Food Poisoning

4
117 24
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Diarrhea

5
86 32
Migraine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Migraine

6
73 26
Flu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Flu

7
61 22
Kid Sick At Home is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kid Sick At Home

8
60 23
Injury From An Accident is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Injury From An Accident

9
48 17
Strep Throat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Strep Throat

10
50 21
Pneumonia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Pneumonia

11
59 37
Mental Health Break is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Mental Health Break

12
42 23
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Doctor's Appointment

13
44 25
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Nausea

14
50 32
Back Pain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Back Pain

15
32 18
Kidney Infection is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Infection

16
31 21
Dizziness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Dizziness

17
41 33
Common Cold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Common Cold

18
27 23
Tonsillitis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Tonsillitis

19
23 19
Kidney Stones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Stones

20
24 22
Close Family Member's Illness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Close Family Member's Illness

21
32 32
Depression is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Depression

22
23 24
Asthma Attack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Asthma Attack

23
23 27
Sore Throat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sore Throat

24
17 21
Elective Surgery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Elective Surgery

25
23 29
Sick Pet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sick Pet

26
24 31
Allergies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Allergies

27
25 34
PMS is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
PMS

28
20 28
Headache is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Headache

29
24 34
Anxiety is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Anxiety

30
18 27
Cough is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Cough

31
19 31
Toothache is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Toothache

32
17 31
Sprained Ankle/Other Minor Inj... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sprained Ankle/Other Minor Injury

33
10 31
Fatigue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Fatigue