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    I didn't call you one single time!"

    Laughter!
    Winter vacation ended and Johnny returned to school. Only two days later, his teacher phoned his mother and said, "Johnny has been
    misbehaving." The mother replied, "Wait a minute now, Johnny misbehaved all winter long, and I didn't call you one single time!"

    What kind of humor is this? What does the woman try to say by the underlined?

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    Re: I didn't call you one single time!"

    I am not a teacher.

    I would say it is sarcasm and irony.

    The woman is saying, 'Why are you pestering me with this matter after only two days when I didn't bother you once all winter over the same thing?'

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    Re: I didn't call you one single time!"

    The "joke" is that the mother really is responsible for his behavior in and out of school, not the teacher, but she is pretending that if the mother is responsible for his behavior at school, the teacher is responsible for his behavior at home. He was misbehaving at home, but the mother didn't call the teacher to complain.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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