"DO NOT make an excuse like that to me~ change your position with me and
think about it~if you are me now, are you able to smile at me?" In 1994, there
was a hit song named "excuse" by Kim Gun-mo, a Korean popular singer. As much as
it was a hit, the lyrics of the song were great enough to appeal to people with
a familiar and interesting content, excuses. So, for October, The Yonsei
Annals asked 100 Yonseians about common "excuses" they use in their daily
What do you say when you don't want to go out for an
too much work to do. 34
I have a family
I have only 10,000
won now. 10
Today, you have an appointment with your friend. However, you
are too tired to go out. To find the words Yonseians usually say to their
friends in this situation, the Annals asked What is your usual
excuse when you do not feel like going out for an appointment? 34
respondents answered "I have too much work to do."Really it must be so. Your
mother will give you lots of work to do; washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning
up a house. 26 students chose "I have a family meeting." Isn't it watching TV
meeting that everyone does not have to say a single word? If you do not mind, go
out for your friends whom you can count the number of with your fingers,
Even though you slip out of the family meeting to meet your
boy/girl friend, you face the painful parting. You asked what is problem but she
keep on saying good words to hear. Like this, when people say good bye to their
lovers, they try not to hurt the partner's heart. Relating to this, the
Annals asked What do you usually say when you bid farewell to your
girl/boy friend? 27 people picked "We are so different from each other." Do
you mean, the face? Yeah, I agree. Your face is somewhat lacking compared to
your lover. Also, 20 picked "I want to be faithful to my duty." Oh, what duty?
Participating more sincerely in a blind date that your boy/girl friend does not
On your way to home with a hopeless feeling, you meet your
friend who always fawn upon you. "Lend me some money." Do you want to give
him/her some money? Me, neither. So the Annals asked What do you
say when you do not want to lend money to your friend? 64 Yonseians
answered "I have enough money just for my expenses." Are you going to buy a
complete collection of international literature? If you are not, what on earth
are the thick green papers in your wallet/purse for? One person advised us to
burden on other person saying, "I heard that OO got some tuition fee." If you
keep on living that way, you might be OO in the end!
What do you say to your parents when you want permission to
be out all night?
I have a M.T.
My friend is alone now.
I promised to go to jjimjilbang today. 8
As you were tormented by doubts about human relations such as
your family, lover, friend, you decide to be out all night. However, your
parents might worry about you. Then What will you say to your parents to be
permitted to be out all night? 35 respondents replied "I have a M.T.
today." If you use ban M.T., dongahree M.T. whenever you want
to stay out, you might use your kindergarten friend after all. Can you remember
even their faces? As the second largest, 16 answered "My friend is alone in
his/her house now." Oh...how sweet you are! Anyway, your friend have a same sex
with you, right?
At dawn, you are going home with a sleepy eye. You are insane
and cross the crosswalk ignoring the color of the light. Far from you, a police
officer comes running to assess a fine on you. In this situation, the
Annals asked What will you say when you are pinched by a traffic
cop? 42 answered "This is the first time!" Can't you count with ordinal
numbers? It is easy. First, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth... 7 people
picked, "Let me go! I must run after that person!" At this point, you do not
have to add something superfluous like "He/she is a thief!" Then, you will be
accused of fraud and taken to the police office.
Escaping from the police, the senior who is expected to join the
army next week call you on the cell phone. In the farewell party, your drinking
capacity already passes the limit but your senior forces you to drink
constantly. So the next question was What do you say when your senior
presses a drink on you even though you do not want to drink? 28 students
said "I feel like throwing up! Urghh!" Before acting, putting your finger down
your throat might help to your natural acting. There was a student who wrote "So
much for today!" Are you drunk already? If I am your senior, I will say this.
"So much cute tricks for today. One shot!"
What do you say when your senior presses a drink on
I feel like throwing up. Urghh! 28
I quit drinking yesterday.
Just drinking coke makes
me drunk. 11
As the atmosphere of drinking party get hotter, you play a game,
maffia (a game of guessing who the maffia is). When people are pointed as a
maffia member, they make an excuse to make others confused. So the question,
In maffia game, what do you say not to be pointed out as a maffia
member? was asked. "Yes, you are right. Hurry up for checking this out!"
was selected by 24 students. Today's proverb is... He that commits a fault
thinks everyone speaks of it. 20 picked "I am rather doubtful about you!"
However, the more you say like that, the deeper you are falling into the
Coming home from the drinking party at around midnight, you fall
asleep without taking a shower. At that very time someone in your family tries
to wake you up. Then what do you say? For the question, If you are too tired
to take a shower, what do you say when someone disturbs your sleep?, 34
answered "OK. OK." OK means you will take a shower at once, not continue
sleeping! Oh, 4 people answered "(talking in your sleep)@#$%^&*" I am sure
that talking in your sleep brings you the certain effect. For example, my sister
said this. "To the starry world...kkanttappia...blablabla~" I was
surprised and never touched her with fear.
After taking a shower, you get a grade sheet from your mother.
She scowled at you terribly like striking you at once. Connecting with it, we
asked If your grade is not that high compared to your parents' expectation,
what will you say to them? 35 chose "My professor is known for rarely
giving good scores to students." However harsh, there would be at least one
student who got an A, right? Keep it up! 15 people selected, "I am so grateful
to get even this grade." Are you begging for a punch from your parents now? Oh,
someone got worse! He/she wrote, "I do not feel so good either!" I appoint you
to a real opponent in this age~!
By the time your irritability is at its height, a friend said
that he/she will introduce someone. Next day, a fat and ugly guy/lady says, "Are
you OOO?" After eating something, you want to go home as soon as possible. Then,
what will you say to your partner? To find out, the Annals asked If your
partner is not in your favor in a blind date, what do you say to your partner to
go home quickly? One person wrote "I have to return the comic books that I
borrowed." Such a cheeky answer, Isn't it? How about this? "(Pretending to
answer the phone) What? Traffic accident? I will go right away!" At this moment,
tidy all the things up before running away. It could only give your partner the
opportunity to see you one more time!
What do you say when someone disturbs your sleep saying
"Take a shower?"
Just a little later.
I am clean even if I don't
take a shower. 15
For three days you
went to great pains to make excuses. I bet everyone including you makes nearly
same excuses in the daily life. When you make excuses, keep it in mind that
excuses are kinds of lies. They must be said only when you do not have choices
any more. Also, if you offer an apology, say a plausible one because a palpable
one only makes people who hear it from you feel disgusted.
Illustrated by Kim