Date: Thu, 5 Sep 1996 12:06:24 -0500
From: Tom Beckner TMBECKNER[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TAYLORU.EDU
Subject: Re: wing and a prayer
While I can't speak to the origins of this statement, I can testify to having
heard it often as I grew up (SW Ohio). I always thought the "wing" was
related to another expression, "to wing it," to act spontaneously or to
function without some sense of formal knowledge or experience. The "prayer"
was a bit more than hope, though; it meant a literal prayer to a power
greater than oneself for protection or for auccess in the unknown venture
or unchartered territory. Woops, success in the sentence above.