Homework Excuse

The teacher was collecting homework assignments and noticed Billy had not turned anything in. “Billy, where is your homework?”

Billy, a bad student but quick thinker, said, “Um, I lost it while fighting a kid who said you weren't the best teacher in the school.”

What's So Funny?

Billy didn't really do his homework, but he quickly thought up an excuse that involved flattering the teacher so she would be distracted from the task of checking everyone's homework.

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.