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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 25, 2016
“I missed the cosmetics exam. I had to do a makeup test”

When a student misses or fails an exam, he or she often has to take a “makeup test.” It does not involve cosmetics, but there are several puns, such as this one from 2002:

“The other day I saw school students applying cosmetics. They were taking a makeup test. ”


(Oxford English Dictionary)
make-up, n. and adj.
N. Amer. colloq. A second examination for a student who has missed or failed the first one. Cf. resit n.
1934 in Webster’s New Internat. Dict. Eng. Lang. (at cited word), Make-up,..Educ. A special examination in which a student may make up for absence or failure at a regular examination. Colloq.
1942 L. V. Berrey & M. Van den Bark Amer. Thes. Slang §835/1 Make-up (exam), a second examination to take the place of one omitted or in which a student has failed.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
“Puns of the Weak” 07/02/02
Stan Kegel
8/2/02
(...)
The other day I saw school students applying cosmetics. They were taking a makeup test.  (Douglas Helsel)

Google Books
September 2006, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 61, col. 3:
Teacher: Why are you wearing so much makeup today?
Jade: I thought you said we were having a makeup test!
Brandon Rampersad, Terrytown, La.

Google Groups: talk.origins
Re: Did Jesus Exist in the Historical Record?
Greg G.
12/19/06
(...)
Some of the beauty school students were absent for the cosmetics exam, so they had to take a make-up test.

Twitter
Vanessa
‏@NenaLinda101
When I was little I thought a make up test involve cosmetics.
11:41 AM - 21 Jun 2011

Twitter
The Usual Suspect•»
‏@entrepreneggro
She brought her cosmetics box for a make - up test..... *smh
11:51 AM - 21 Feb 2012

Twitter
Matthew McInerney
‏@ThePunsylvanian
My wife once failed a cosmetics exam. She passed the make up test.
8:14 PM - 20 Sep 2012

Twitter
Quincy Inoma
‏@Qprice007
Taking All ur cosmetics to school for ur makeup test.
5:25 PM - 25 Nov 2012

Twitter
lüz
‏@obviouslyluz
“Oh a make up test imma fail I don’t know anything about cosmetics” LMAOOOO
5:14 PM - 8 Jan 2015

Teitter
Dave
‏@DearlClark
I knew a girl who went to beauty college and flunked cosmetics.....
They let her take a makeup test!
10:45 AM - 15 Dec 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Saturday, June 25, 2016 • Permalink