Second wind

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 June, 2010, 12:00am

'Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else'

Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) - American singer and film star, to her daughter, Liza Minelli

Have you got second sight?

What is or are ...?

1 a second-degree burn

a. slight sunburn on your face

b. a serious burn when the skin develops blisters

2 a second-in-command

a. someone who is one step down from being in charge

b. someone who records time in a race

3 second sight

a. the ability to see what is going to happen in the future

b. the ability to see a long way

4 a split second

a. a moment when you have second thoughts

b. a very, very short moment of time

5 second wind

a. a second burst of energy

b. a strong wind that hits after a typhoon

6 a second language

a. a language someone can speak in addition to their first language

b. any foreign language

7 second-hand clothes

a. clothes that someone has already worn

b. designer clothes at marked down prices

Second phrases

Match these phrases with their meanings.

1 to get a second bite of the cherry

2 to play second fiddle

3 to be in his/her second childhood

4 to do something without giving it a second thought

5 to have second thoughts

6 to be second-rate

a. to behave like a child when you are an adult

b. to do something immediately without thinking of the consequences

c. to be not as important as someone else

d. to have a second chance at doing something

e. to be not very good

f. to change your opinion about something

Second sight

Which are the correct nouns to use in these pieces of dialogue?

1. English is my (second wind / second language) and Cantonese is my first.

2. She spilt some boiling water over her hand and had to go to hospital to be treated for (a split second / second degree burns).

3. I don't mind wearing (second fiddle / second-hand clothes). I got this Armani jacket at a charity sale.

4. My sister is now (second wind / second-in-charge) in her company and she's only been there three years.

5. How did you know I was going to win the lottery? Do you have you (second sight / second wind)?

6. The accident happened in a (second sight / split second). I didn't see the other car.

Essay phrases

Kitty has used our six 'second' phrases in an English story she's just written. Choose the phrase she used in each of these sentences.

1. Max was very disappointed when he came third in the hundred metres but he (was second rate / got a second bite at the cherry) later in the four hundred metre race.

2. He always thinks he's (second-rate / a split second) if he doesn't come first.

3. His (second sight / second language) is French and he speaks it very well.

4. Max has always felt that he played (second sight / second fiddle) to his elder brother who has always been a brilliant sportsman.

5. His mother always made him wear (second-hand / split second) clothes when he was a child.


June 2

Blue cheese: 1. b, 2. b, 3. b, 4. b, 5. a, 6. b

Blue phrases: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. b, 5. b, 6. a, 7. a, 8. b

Which blue?: 1. blue cheese, 2. blueprint, 3. blue-chip company, 4. blue funk, 5. blue-eyed boy

Sort out the blues: 1. out of the blue, 2. bolt out of the blue, 3. It's going to be black and blue, 4. shouting blue murder, 5. between the devil and the deep blue sea