When your alcoholic brother-in-law delivers a eulogy at your aunt's wedding despite never knowing her he says "Don't worry, gaylord. I'm gonna WING IT!" Why is this term still in use? I don't see how you can compare human improvisation to winged flight. A bird isn't just going with the flow and riffing when it's up there flapping away through the skies. The bird has a clear idea of what it's doing that has been programmed by millions of years of evolutionary instinct. So to say you're going to "WING it" is a ridiculous thing to say unless for some reason you're delivering a speech at a Hooters or something. In any other situation, particularly the funeral of a woman who died in a plane crash it is a highly idiotic thing to say. If you're going to compare improv to an aviation situation I would say it's more like flying without an air traffic controller guiding you. Why don't people just say that? Does that make too much sense? Is that the problem?
|If you're ever amputating someone's arm don't say you're "Winging it."|