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Entry from March 05, 2018
“Sorry boss, I can’t come in today. I have a wee cough” (joke)

"A week off” sounds like “a wee cough.” “OUR DAILY SONG HIT: ‘I Have a Wee Cough, So I’ll Take a Week Off’” was printed in a 1924 newspaper. “Because of this, the Scotsman took a week off—A WEE COUGH” was printed in 1980 newspapers.

A joke was posted on Sickipedia on December 10, 2011:

“Phoned my work this morning and said, ‘Sorry boss, I can’t come in today, I have a wee cough.’ Boss says, ‘You have a wee cough?’ I said, ‘Really, Cheers boss, see you next week.’”


5 September 1924, Casper (WY) Daily Tribune, “Lines and Angles” by Ted Osborne, pg. 8, col. 4:
OUR DAILY SONG HIT:
“I Have a Wee Cough, So I’ll Take a Week Off.”

19 February 1980, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Jumble” word game by Henri Arnold and Bob Lee, sec. 4, pg. 10, col. 5:
Because of this, the Scotsman took a week off—A WEE COUGH

Twitter
ScotEduBlogs
@ScotEduBlogs
ScotEduBlogs: A wee cough does wonders http://tinyurl.com/2945ef
4:08 PM - 21 Oct 2007

Google Books
A Man Walks Into a Bar 3
By Jonathan Swan
London, UK: Ebury Press
2010
Pg. 349:
Why is a Scottish boy with a cold like a soldier with seven days’ leave? Because they both have a wee cough.

Twitter
Dorkomatic
@dorkomatic
I said to my boss “I have a wee cough” - I think he misheard me.
4:08 AM - 24 Sep 2010

Twitter
Lee Isserow
@Lee_Isserow
Scottish accents are stupid. “A week off” sounds like “A wee cough”. Confusion ensued. Hilarity was, unfortunately, absent.\
9:36 AM - 13 Jan 2011

Twitter
Fresh Stand Up
@FreshStandUp
Phoned my work this morning and said:
“ Sorry boss, I can’t come in today, I have a wee cough.”
... http://bit.ly/sBabmA via @sickipedia
9:08 AM - 10 Dec 2011

Google Groups: uk.rec.humour
Sorry boss, I can’t come in today
Grr
12/10/11
Phoned my work this morning and said:

“Sorry boss, I can’t come in today, I have a wee cough.”

Boss says “You have a wee cough?”

I said “Really, Cheers boss, see you next week.”

18 December 2011, Sunday Sun (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK), “Jaffa’s Joke,” pg. 49:
I PHONED my work this morning and said: “Sorry boss, I can’t come in, I have a wee cough.”

The boss says “You have a wee cough?” I said: “Really? Cheers boss, see you next week!”

Google Books
Sounds Interesting:
Observations on English and General Phonetics

By J. C. Wells
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
2014
Pg. 74:
For some reason it reminded me of the Scotsman who took a week off work because he had a wee cough.

Reddit—Jokes
I called work this morning and whispered, “Sorry boss, I can’t come in today. I have a wee cough.” He exclaimed, “You have a wee cough!?”
submitted March 6, 2018 by madazzahatter
I said, “Really?! Thanks boss, see you next week!”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, March 05, 2018 • Permalink