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plan B

plan B

Date: Jul 19 2007


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I knew people would misinterpret it, and they did. But for me, there was no plan B.”

- Rapper 50 Cent on letting his sense of humor show in his music. (Spin)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

back up plan; alternate choice; alternative

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

When you’re making a strategy for anything, the way you’d like things to go is plan A. But sometimes, plan A doesn’t work out, and that’s where plan B comes in. Plan B is the next best option when what you really wanted is impossible.

For instance, the leader of a group of bank robbers might say this to his buddies: “Okay, so plan A is walk in there, tell them we have guns and ask for the money. If that doesn’t work, plan B is to tell them Paris Hilton is outside and when everyone runs out of the bank, we take the money, got it?”

See, obviously the plan with the guns is more likely to work. That’s why it’s plan A. But hey, it can’t hurt to have a plan B. Unless you’re 50 Cent. Then you don’t believe in plan B. 50 was shot nine times and pushed ahead with his music career. He made fun of other artists he thought were fake (like P. Diddy and DMX), but that’s who he is and the way he saw it, there was no other option for him than to just be himself.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“There’s really no plan B for me. I’m going to get famous as an actor or die trying.”

“Yale was sort of my plan B. I really wanted to go to Harvard.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

second chance or another way to say or do something, an alternative plan
by carlosbertholdi
Onther alternative.
by yonfifi
2nd option, other options
by periwinkle.chic
Another plan !
by fabotorres
another option
by gugigugi
Another plan. The second option
by Majezzty
plan B means backup plan
by sparetime killer
Angelily a second plan or option.
by Angelily
nemow another plan if the first (A) doesn't work. it means he had only one way to do it.
by nemow
Eliza other choices
by Eliza
an extra plan
by oceangirl05
Y.Furu second plan to take when first one do not happpen in the way expected
by Y.Furu
sagilor backup plan in case of the failure of plan A
by sagilor
an alternative
by wonkapet
a different way of doing something
by finci
an alternative
by ayqul
Eva Kwok a backup plan,alternative choice
by Eva Kwok
'plan B' means an alternative plan; the other option
by snoggy

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For me the meaning of that quotation is you have to pursue to your goals and keep on doing it… No matter what happens and How long it takes just keep on doing it.. there’s no turning back..

06:55 AM Aug 20 2007 |

t k awan

t k awan


I got it.its good to some extent.

10:08 AM Jul 23 2007 |



I don’t know about this.

08:31 AM Jul 19 2007 |

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