The Dog Ate My Homework And Other Excuses For Missing

I’m sure most, if not all students, have at least a few times (or more!) during school where they’ve handed in a homework assignment late, and so as not to get into trouble, given an excuse to their teacher as to why they couldn’t complete their homework on time. Be careful not to use the same excuse too many times, or your teacher may not be so sympathetic next time!

If you’re like me, and often forget about their homework (oops), then maybe this list of excuses can help to bail you out:

  1. My dog ate my homework!” – Hmm, perhaps not the most subtle or workable of excuses, but if you really do have a dog… There may be more than a 0.0001% chance that it could work?! If all else fails, you could always bring a stool sample as proof…
  2. Homework? I don’t remember getting any homework?” – You probably DO remember getting your homework, but your teacher doesn’t know that, right?
  3. Ahh, I thought it was in my bag, but it looks like I’ve left it at home by accident!” – Of course you left it at home by accident! This one is a great excuse, it’s worked a fair few times for me, anyway…
  4. I didn’t understand the homework, could you explain it to me so I can give it a second go?” – This excuse works better more for maths or question based homework rather than essays. However, it’s a good way to hit two birds with one stone (you get help on your homework, and a deadline extension!), especially if you actually don’t understand the homework assignment!
  5. My computer crashed and I didn’t save my work/my printer stopped working!” – With more and more people using computer based software to complete their homework, a whole new spectrum of excuses have been opened to the desperate, homework-lacking student.
  6. I had too much homework from my [insert subject name] class to complete the homework you assigned,” – Poor you, clearly you’ve been given way too much homework by all your other teachers to do this piece! A homework overload is never a good thing.
  7. Oh, I think I was absent when the homework was given out…” – You were obviously ill when the homework was handed out in class, even though your teacher is looking at your ‘tick’ of attendance in the register!
  8. I’ve been busy with extra-curricular activities and volunteering work outside of school,” – If you’re doing any work or activities outside of work, hey, why not use them as an excuse for not doing your homework! It’s a pretty believable one (especially next to excuse 1.).
  9. I’ve been so ill over the past few days, so I haven’t been able to do any of my homework,” – Bed ridden, feverish and unable to distinguish your cat from your sheet of homework, how on earth can you be expected to work in this state?!
  10. Tell the truth – After using all these excuses, perhaps it’s time to pull out your triumph card – the truth. On the occasion, your teacher may appreciate your use of the truth rather than the usual bombardment of (unbelievable) excuses. Use this one when you’re feeling especially sincere (and desperate).

I hope these excuses have been helpful, just remember that the more you use them, the more unbelievable they’ll become to your teacher. In fact, it may just be better (and easier) for you to hand in you homework on time!




It’s official – Luis Suarez’s ‘I lost my balance’ excuse is the worst, most laughable defence for a wrongdoing in the history of, well, ever.

The Uruguayan has continued to plead innocence over the bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini – which has seen him banned from all football-related activity for four months – despite clear evidence and a fair bit of previous.

But his official excuse, released today, really does take the biscuit as he claims he lost balance before falling on Chiellini and hurting his own teeth.

Here are some terrible excuses (most commonly used by young children) which are still better than Suarez’s justification.

My dog ate my homework

Ah the age-old classic, used time and again by pretty much every child to ever enter education, regardless of whether they had a pet pooch or not.

My PE kit got stolen off the washing line

Some kids grow up in really rough areas…

My grandmother died *announces she’s alive* No, the other one…

No, not a child, but former Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland, who was clearly desperate to get out of international duty in 2007.

I didn’t do my homework because I didn’t want to add to your workload, Miss

The caring slacker.

‘Lo siento. No hablo Ingles’

When you really don’t want a complete stranger on the train to engage you in conversation, just casually slip into GCSE Spanish.

Sorry, I can’t get a babysitter

…and therefore cannot attend your engagement party, for which I have very definitely not bought a present.

I can’t do cross country because I got my tooth removed yesterday

An excuse never used by Luis Suarez.

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