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Playing Hooky

Playing Hooky

Date: Jul 11 2006


1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

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Maybe it’s a beautiful, warm, sunshiney day with the birds singing and the breeze blowing. Or maybe you got up on the wrong side of the bed and all you want to do is sleep the day away. Whatever the situation, it’s one of those days when work or school is the last thing you want to do.

What do you do? An overly-dedicated person might bite the bullet and go to school or work. The rest of us will find a way to play hooky.

Watch Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) describe the best way to pretend to be sick and get out of school for the day.


1. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.


Ferris:  The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It’s a good non-specific symptom. I’m a big believer in it.

A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, ah, you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor’s office. That’s worse than school.

You fake a stomach cramp, and when you’re bent over moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It’s a little childish and stupid, but then so is high school.



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In a recent study, 43% of people interviewed admitted to skipping work for fake reasons. The most popular day for people to skip work was Wednesday, and the most common reason people skipped work was to sleep.

While most people pretended to be sick in order to play hooky from work, others gave their managers more creative reasons for why they couldn’t go to work, such as:

“My cow bit me.”
“I’m too fat to get into my work pants.”
“I’m too drunk to drive.”
“I forgot I was getting married today.”

Have you ever skipped school or work? What was your excuse?



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woohoo!  breaking free! finally you get courage to call in sick even if it's fake reason.. toothache,stomachache etc are enough reasons..

how about: 'boss, I broke my door knob and couldnt go out of my house. im sorry, i can't go to work today!'

what's your reason?

03:40 PM May 24 2007 |


johnSuper Member!

United States

ferris bueller is my hero!

12:14 AM Jul 11 2006 |

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