A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 31, 2018
“Excuses are like armpits. Everyone has them, and they all stink”

"Excuses are like armpits. Everyone has them, and they all stink” is a saying that has been printed on many images. “All excuses are like armpits: We all have them and they call stink” was printed in a 1983 newspaper.

It is not known who originated the saying.


12 April 1983, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), “Parents get the inside dope about drug use by youths” by Mary Fastenau, pg. B1, col. 3:
People make excuses for using alcohol, but (William I.—ed.) Essex said “all excuses are like armpits: We all have them and they call stink.”

7 November 1986, Jackson (TN) Sun, “Jokes,” pg. 6A, col. 2:
“Excuses are like armpits—everybody’s got a couple, and they stink.”

10 December 1992, Springville (NY) Journal, “The Family Room” by Pat Dahl, pg. 8, col. 3:
Every time he borrows the family car, teenage Bryan manages to come home late. And he always has excuses, but they are so lame that his dad finally said to him out of frustration, “Bryan, your excuses are like armpits. You always have two, and they usually stink.”

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17 May 1997, Waikato Times (Hamilton, New Zealand), “Fat lot of good” by Paul Thompson, pg. 13:
The class leader, Weight Watchers’ central North Island manager Colleen Stairmand, is warm and funny but lobs barbed jokes at her clients to keep them off cream puffs and on the grated marrow.

“Excuses are like armpits,” she tells them. “Everyone has two and they stink.”

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Excuses are like armpits...they all stink!

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EXCUSES ARE LIKE ARMPITS, EVERYBODY HAS TWO AND THEY ALWAYS STINK

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, October 31, 2018 • Permalink