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

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Entry from October 05, 2015
“The boss said I was tardy” (joke)

The word “tardy” (late) is not the same as the politically incorrect word “retard,” but William Ader joked on Twitter on December 21, 2012:

“Yesterday my boss asked why I was tardy and I said, ‘I don’t think you’re supposed call people that any more.’”

The tweet became immediately popular and the joke was printed in a 2014 book.


Twitter
Just Bill
‏@WilliamAder
Yesterday my boss asked why I was tardy and I said, “I don’t think you’re supposed call people that any more.”
7:02 AM - 21 Dec 2012

Twitter
Kimbooo
‏@kr27734
Showed up this morning and my boss said I was tardy. Now I’m going to HR because I don’t think you’re allowed to call people that anymore.
8:23 AM - 12 Mar 2013

Twitter
Stan
‏@J_W_O_17
My boss just asked me why I was tardy and I said “I don’t think you’re supposed to call people that anymore.”
6:57 AM - 10 Jun 2013

Facebook
Epic Statuses
September 12, 2013 ·
Yesterday my boss asked why I was tardy and I said, “I don’t think you’re supposed call people that anymore.”

Google Books
Roadmap into a Twisted Mind
By Bruno Gagnon
Victoria, BC: FriesenPress
2014
Pg. 114:
Yesterday my boss asked why I was tardy and I said, “I don’t think you’re supposed call people that anymore.”

Twitter
Marcelo Mayol
‏@MarceloMayol
Yesterday my Supervisor asked why I was tardy and I said, “I don’t think you’re supposed to call people that anymore.”
8:52 AM - 25 Aug 2015

Funny Status
Fall Break, 20 Funny Statuses, Ordering At Restaurants
October 5, 2015
(...)
20. Yesterday my Supervisor asked why I was tardy and I said, “I don’t think you’re supposed call people that any more.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, October 05, 2015 • Permalink