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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158 19
Vomiting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Vomiting

2
129 27
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Food Poisoning

3
121 24
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Diarrhea

4
125 26
Fever is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Fever

5
87 33
Migraine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Migraine

6
75 26
Flu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Flu

7
63 23
Injury From An Accident is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Injury From An Accident

8
62 24
Kid Sick At Home is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kid Sick At Home

9
52 21
Pneumonia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Pneumonia

10
48 19
Strep Throat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Strep Throat

11
45 25
Nausea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Nausea

12
43 24
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Doctor's Appointment

13
59 39
Mental Health Break is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Mental Health Break

14
51 33
Back Pain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Back Pain

15
34 18
Kidney Infection is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Infection

16
33 21
Dizziness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Dizziness

17
41 35
Common Cold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Common Cold

18
25 19
Kidney Stones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Stones

19
28 24
Tonsillitis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Tonsillitis

20
25 23
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
33 33
Depression is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Depression

22
24 25
Asthma Attack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Asthma Attack

23
19 21
Elective Surgery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Elective Surgery

24
23 29
Sore Throat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sore Throat

25
24 31
Sick Pet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sick Pet

26
24 33
Allergies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Allergies

27
25 35
Anxiety is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Anxiety

28
20 30
Headache is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Headache

29
25 37
PMS is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
PMS

30
18 28
Cough is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Cough

31
19 32
Toothache is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Toothache

32
17 32
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 32
Fatigue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Fatigue