Anton: Hey, Pete. Guess what I did? I took up skiing. Why don’t you do the same?
Pete: Are you out of your mind? It’s too dangerous. And besides, I don’t usually go in for cold-weather sports. But that’s just me. How do you like it?
Anton: Let me tell you. Once skiing gets in your blood, you’ll be hooked.
Pete: You think so? What’s it like?
Anton: When I’m skiing down the slope, I feel like a million dollars. Of course, I have to be on the ball and keep an eye out for snowboarders and other skiers. Collisions can happen at the drop of a hat. But mostly it’s fun.
Pete: Well, I don’t know.
Anton: Listen, if you take lessons, you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Then you and I can ski together for the rest of the season. How does that sound?
Pete: Actually, I have a hunch I might get a kick out of it. Okay, then. I’ll do it.
slope: a clear part of a mountain that slants down.
snowboarders: people who use a board, not skis, to come down a mountain.
collisions: running into someone or something.
• take up start doing (an activity) for the first time
• out of one’s mind crazy, irrational
• go in for enjoy doing (a sport, hobby)
• get in one’s blood become something one wants to do all the time
• be hooked (on something) need to do (something) all the time
• feel like a million dollars feel very good
• on the ball paying attention
• keep an eye out (for someone/thing) look (for someone/thing) while doing other things
• at the drop of a hat immediately and without a plan
• get the hang of (something) learn how to do (something)
• have a hunch think something may be true
• get a kick out of (something) get great enjoyment from (something)
Often people ask the question, “Guess what I did?” and then answer it immediately
with “I took up skiing” as a way of introducing a topic.
Get the hang of is future, have (or have got) the hang of is present, and got the hang of is past. Examples: I want to get the hang of this new technology. I have the hang of this new technology. I got the hang of this new technology in only two days.
© 2004 Ambien Malecot