"I used up all my sick days, so I called in dead” (or “I ran out of sick days, so I called in dead") is an office saying that has been printed on many gift items, such as T-shirts, posters and buttons. “I used up all my sick leave so I called in dead” has been cited in print since at least 1986 and is of unknown authorship.
6 October 1986, The Herald (Rock Hill, SC), “Work or play: Chester County couple together” by Judy Hoffmeyer, pg. 1B, col. 6:
A sign over her desk says: “I used up all my sick leave so I called in dead.”
6 December 1993, Fresno (CA) Bee
A saying making the rounds: “I ran out of sick days, so I called in dead.”
6 January 1994, Orlando (FL) Sentinel, “Hill gives Shaq lesson: Ref-bashing won’t help” by Larry Guest, pg. D1:
Bumper sticker spotted on US 1: “I Ran Out of Sick Days, So I Called in Dead.”
5 August 1998, Washington (DC) Post, “With Drum Roll, the Best T-Shirts of 1998” by Bob Levey, pg. D20:
“I Used Up All My Sick Days So I Called In Dead”—Vera Rausch, of Rockville, and Dave Dunn, of McCoole, Md.
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