Date: Thu, 5 Sep 1996 11:02:27 -0400
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
Subject: wing and a prayer
thanks for the monkey = bottle explanation. if you people weren't so
useful, i wouldn't bother you so much. ah, the curse of knowledge.
ok, i promise this is my last question in preparation for this radio
gig, and after that i'll try to control myself for a while.
(although i'll admit that self-control is not my forte.)
one listener has written in with a bunch of idioms she wants
explained. she gets the wording of a lot of them wrong, so i assume
she's an L2 speaker. one of the ones she asks about is "live on a
prayer and a wing". now, i've always heard of this as "live on a
wing and a prayer." is p&w a known variation, or is this just a mis-
remembering on her part?
none of the idiom dictionaries or general dictionaries i've
consulted (and i've consulted all the ones in the library and as
many as i could get away with in the bookstore) have "(live on a)
wing and a prayer" (or "prayer & wing", for that matter). does
anyone know anything about this idiom and its origins? a nice concise
definition would help me too, as i don't know how good my own
estimation is. how is: "to live with little more than hope to
thanks in advance (again),