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

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Entry from April 26, 2016
“Teacher: ‘You missed school yesterday, didn’t you?’ Pupil: ‘Not very much!’”

A pun about “missing” school is:
 
TEACHER: You missed school yesterday, didn’t you?
PUPIL: Not very much!

 
The joke has been printed in many newspapers since at least 1942.
 
“Boss: ‘You missed work yesterday, didn’t you?’ Me: ‘Not particularly‘“ is a related joke.
   
   
Newspapers.com
10 September 1942, Vancouver (BC) Daily Province, pg. 22, col. 2:
Teacher: “You missed school yesterday, didn’t you?”
Jack: “Not in the least, ma’am, not in the least!”—Kitsilano High “Life.”
 
Newspapers.com
10 July 1943, Llanelli (Wales) Star, “Asterisks,” pg. 1, col. 7”
Teacher: “You missed school yesterday, didn’t you?”—Boy: “Not at all, sir.”
 
Newpspapers.com
22 February 1949, The Gazette and Daily (York, PA), “Jokes,” pg. 29, col. 2:
NONE WHATEVER
Teacher—You missed school yesterday, didn’t you?
Boy—Not a bit!
 
10 July 1961, Austin (TX) Statesman,  “Fun Time—The Riddle Box,” pg. 18, col. 5:
Teacher: Billy, you missed school yesterday, didn’t you?
Billy: Not a bit!
 
Google Books
Over 1500 Fantastic Jokes
By Guy Campbell; and Mark Devins
London: Dean
2002
Pg. 117:
Teacher: You missed school yesterday didn’t you?
Pupil: Not very much, no!
   
Google Books
August 2003, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 53, col. 1:
Teacher: You missed school yesterday, didn’t you?
Johnny: Not very much. — Carlos Armenia, Signal Hill, Calif.
 
Google News Archive
5 July 2006, Issaquah (WA) Press, Kid County Courier, pg. 4, col. 4:
Teacher: You missed school yesterday, didn’t you?
Student. Not very much!
 
Google Books
The Classroom Zone:
Jokes, Riddles, Tongue Twisters & “Daffynitions”

By Gary Chmielewski
Chicago, IL: Norwood House Press
2008
Pg. 21:
Principal Howland: “Michael, you missed school yesterday, didn’t you?”
Michael: “Not very much!”
 
Google Books
Super Hot Jokes For Cool Kids!
By Various Authors
London: Buster Books
2014
Pg. ?:
Teacher: You missed school yesterday, didn’t you?
Pupil: Not very much.
 
Twitter
Funny Jokes
‏@iJokeTime
Teacher: Tim, you missed school yesterday, didn’t you?
Tim: Not a bit!
5:59 AM - 4 Dec 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Tuesday, April 26, 2016 • Permalink


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