When we make mistakes, we often try to give the reason *why*. That reason is ‘an excuse’. For example if I’m late and I say ‘My car broke down’, that’s an excuse. The word ‘lame’ is an old English word meaning ‘cannot walk well’ (eg having a broken leg). In modern English, we say lame excuse to mean ‘an excuse that is not good enough’. For example, ‘I’m sorry I’m late. I got drunk last night.’… this is a very lame excuse!
A: Sorry, I didn’t do my homework. I’ve been busy with work. I know that’s a lame excuse, and I am sorry. I’m just so tired!
B: Don’t worry so much. Of course you should do your homework, but sleep is more important. Try to do it next week. Maybe you can do it on the train?
How do you feel when people give you lame excuses? Some people think *all* excuses are lame excuses… do you?