Claim: Excuses received by high school attendance offices in notes from parents.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2000]
Origins: More entries most likely gleaned from the realm of lore rather than reality, made funny by the spelling and grammatical errors of the adults who supposedly penned them. Enjoyment is gained from the juxtaposition of poorly educated parents with the teachers who receive such notes, thereby creating a scenario in which one authority figure undermines another.
Barbara “authority figure ate” Mikkelson
Last updated: 29 June 2007