I suck at making excuses, but then again, who's actually good at that? Better just to say "sorry".
Whenever you hear somebody making a contrived/pathetic excuse, think that you sound exactly the same when you do it.
i completely agree and typically avoid excuses in most situations.
however, when i'm waiting tables at work and my boss comes up to me bitchin' I have a tendency to mouth off an excuse out of stress. i think it's because i do take a lot of pride in my work, and for my boss to get on to me for something makes me feel as though he thinks of me as inadequate. when i work, i work hard, and so i don't take too kindly to yelling when i'm doing my absolute best.
"I don't know a perfect person.
I only know flawed people who are still worth loving."
Making excuses is my CAREER. If you're a P, it's an adaptive survival trait.
You know though... I wonder if I can start a business as a professional consultant - an Excuse Provider.
Caller: "Oh, yeah see I was supposed to have a PowerPoint presentation ready for a meeting today."
Me: "Got any kids?"
Caller: "yes, a 10 year old boy."
Me: "Tell your boss he sneezed on your keyboard and now your laptop has viruses."
I'm the master.
Currently I'm making up excuses to be able to drop my F in calculus from last year so I don't have to retake it.
So far, I have emotional turmoil, extreme stress about my maxillofacial surgery that I waited for for 13 years, and something else...depression, I think it was.
Yes. I can come up with a plausible excuse in a second, for almost anything, and never mix up my stories or anything of the like....I think I would have actually failed out of middle/high school without that ability.
If it sounds like BS, you're doing it wrong. Situation: You took thursday and friday off to go to the beach, come back on monday, and haven't done an large assignment (for high school, doesn't work for college obviously) that was due and assigned a while ago.
Wrong Answers: "I was on vacation". "I left it at home". "I was sick".
Correct sort of answer: "I had the *insert moderately severe illness that takes as long as you've been out here* (Stomach virus is great for one day absences), and I was sick in bed Thursday through the weekend. I'm only even here today because of xxxx test that I couldn't miss. I'll try to have it made up for you by tomorrow or wednesday, okay?" Combine with acting sick, and remembering to stay in character for the entire duration of your class, and no one will ever question it.
In short: Excuses with a reasonable explanation and body cues to back them up, as long as you don't use the same one often (and as long as you don't make a habit of excuses every day), almost always work. I feel sorry for those not quick on their feet with explanations.