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ETIQUETTE AND LOGIC

IT'S BETTER TO BURP AND BEAR THE SHAME,
THAN HOLD IT IN AND BEAR THE PAIN.

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE TYPICAL RETORT AFTER BEING UPBRAIDED FOR
RELIEVING ONESELF RATHER NOISILY.
I CAN RECALL NO SPECIFIC INFORMANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EXCUSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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TABLE OF EXCUSES

TABLE OF EXCUSES
PLEASE GIVE EXCUSE BY NUMBER IN ORDER TO SAVE TIME:
1. THAT'S THE WAY WE'VE ALWAYS DONE IT.
2. I DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE IN A HURRY FOR IT.
3. THAT'S NOT IN MY DEPARTMENT.
4. NO ONE TOLD ME TO GO AHEAD.
5. I'M WAITING FOR AN O.K.
6. HOW DID I KNOW THIS WAS DIFFERENT?
7. THAT'S HER JOB, NOT MINE.
8. WAIT 'TIL THE BOSS COMES BACK AND ASK HIM.
9. I FORGOT.
10. I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT.
11. I'M SO BUSY I JUST CAN'T GET AROUND TO IT.
12. I THOUGHT I TOLD YOU.
13. I WASN'T HIRED TO DO THAT.

Submitter comment: THIS SHOULD BE PRESENT IN CHART OR MENU FORM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EXCUSES

James Callow Keyword(s): XEROX LORE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00001970S

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Retort

If someone is giving you a made up excuse and they are doing a poor job of pulling the wool over your eyes then merely say:

Tell it to Murphy, McCarthy already heard it.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V600] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; EXCUSE ; McCarthy ; Murphy ; RETORT ; Wool

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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Retort

I was born that way, what's your excuse?

Submitter comment:

Reply to a criticism

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; EXCUSE ; INSULT ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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