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