Sunday, November 9, 2014

It's usually better not to WING IT.


If you're in New York City, you've probably seen this ad around town. This one was on the back side of a kiosk along Broadway in Midtown Manhattan. This PSA encourages parents to teach children to be ready for emergencies. WINGING IT when there is an emergency is not good enough; children need to know exactly what to do when something dangerous and unexpected happens.
  • AD is short for advertisement
  • PSA - Public Service Announcement 

WINGING IT is an idiom that means to do something unprepared. When we are not ready for a test, a presentation, a business meeting, or anything that requires preparation, we WING IT. 

Teachers at NYLC always come to class prepared for the day's lesson. However, when something unexpected happens, such as when a teacher calls in sick, a sub will probably have to WING IT when they cover for the teacher who is absent. Fortunately, teachers at NYLC have years of experience and can, therefore, teach well at a moment's notice.
  • CALL IN SICK - call to inform that you can't go to work as you are not feeling well.
  • SUB - substitute teacher
  • COVER - teach/work for someone
  • AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE - with very little time to prepare 
So, what about you? Have you ever WINGED an important presentation, a business meeting, a dish that you were cooking? How did it go? Let us know. Share in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter! We hope to hear from you!
--Joe Yu, ESL instructor

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