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

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

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

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

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Kid Sick At Home is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kid Sick At Home

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

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Migraine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Migraine

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Pneumonia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Pneumonia

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Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Doctor's Appointment

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Injury From An Accident is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Injury From An Accident

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

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Back Pain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Back Pain

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

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Strep Throat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Strep Throat

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Dizziness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Dizziness

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Common Cold is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Common Cold

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Kidney Stones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Stones

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Sore Throat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Sore Throat

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

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

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

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Kidney Infection is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Kidney Infection

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

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

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

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Asthma Attack is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Asthma Attack

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Close Family Member's Illness is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses for Calling in Sick
Close Family Member's Illness

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

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

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

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

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

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