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The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick

Updated April 25, 2020 8.7k votes 1.9k voters 43.0k views33 items

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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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    Vomiting

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    558
    90

    Diarrhea

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    498
    99

    Food Poisoning

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    396
    94

    Fever

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    277
    50

    Flu

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    365
    101

    Migraine

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    203
    61

    Injury From An Accident

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    161
    51

    Pneumonia

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    183
    66

    Strep Throat

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    186
    70

    Nausea

  • 11
    151
    49

    Kidney Infection

  • 12
    223
    110

    Mental Health Break

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    123
    41

    Kidney Stones

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    162
    71

    Kid Sick At Home

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    140
    59

    Dizziness

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    193
    104

    Back Pain

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    138
    66

    Doctor's Appointment

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    122
    58

    Asthma Attack

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    113
    58

    Tonsillitis

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    116
    66

    Close Family Member's Illness

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    137
    85

    Depression

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    90
    54

    Elective Surgery

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    94
    65

    Sprained Ankle/Other Minor Injury

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    104
    82

    Anxiety

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    112
    96

    Common Cold