Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!

wild card

wild card

Date: Nov 11 2010

Themes: Romance


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

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

“For someone like me who is obsessed with organization and planning, I love the idea that love is the one exception to that. Love is the one wild card.”

- Singer Taylor Swift talking about her love life. (Glamour)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

unknown quantity; something unpredictable

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

In card games, the best card you can draw is a wild card. That’s because a wild card can have any value you want it to have, so it can help you win with any hand. A wild card is an unpredictable element of the game. Even if your opponent plans his hand very carefully and makes all the right moves, if you draw a wild card it can throw everything off.

The singer Taylor Swift thinks that love is a wild card. In other words, love is an unpredictable element in life. You can’t control it or plan it. Sometimes love comes easily, sometimes we look for love for a long time, and sometimes it arrives when we least expect it.

When you call something a wild card, you mean that it is unpredictable. In sports, for instance, a wild card is a new player who might do well, or might not. Until we see what kind of a player he is, he’s an unknown quantity on the team, a wild card.

Do you agree with Taylor Swift that love is a wild card? What else is a wild card in life?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

“I know my brother is coming home for Christmas, but my sister is a wild card. I have no clue what her plans are.”

“At this time of year, the weather is always a wild card. You can’t count on it to be sunny and warm.”

“No matter how carefully you try to plan your life, some wild card can always come along and throw everything off.”


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

Manu4 Something unplanned
by Manu4
sajithbc an unpredictable factor
by sajithbc
the wild card means the card you cannot controll
by monacovalentina
ravaiano The unexpected. You can´t take control.
by ravaiano
sabeel something that you cannot apply your rules to
by sabeel
something unpredictable
by [Cheshire_cat]
something one cannot plan ahead - cannot be certain about it
by DecapitatedLucia
chomo a person or thing whose behaviour or effect is difficult to predict
by chomo
Gaby313 An unpredictable element,something that cannot be planned.
by Gaby313

Want to guess next week's slang?

The iTEP® test

  • Schedule an iTEP® test and take the official English Practice Test.

    Take Now >


Log in to Comment

mine alish


something which u cannt sure…

09:13 AM Jul 22 2011 |




Yeah certainly I agree with her,love is a perfect example about it,but I think passion is more overwhelming ;)

11:24 PM Jan 27 2011 |




yes i agree with Taylor

05:11 AM Nov 16 2010 |



Life is a wild card ,,,

06:55 AM Nov 14 2010 |


oddyseeSuper Member!


Yes, I agree with "love is a wild card"

03:35 PM Nov 13 2010 |




Yes, I agree with the opinion of love is a wild card.

Be sure, many things in our life are wild cards, you can see them just like there is always an element of danger in mountain climbing.

So we must understand the elements with time before we can proceed further. I think honesty, industry and kindness are elemants of a good life, and of course when you fall in love with him or her, you should be obsessed by his or her's great ideas and thoughts with his honesty, industry and kindness…...

02:16 AM Nov 12 2010 |

Mariana Navarrina


I agree with anythings that lesson. The love really is a wild card. 

12:40 AM Nov 12 2010 |




something you can't controll

04:43 PM Nov 11 2010 |

Hanan Almarhabi

Saudi Arabia

I don't agree, that because it dose not apply on me. I do not accept the love without careful analysis of the expected lover, Cool

12:24 PM Nov 11 2010 |




yes you're right asfo00ora

12:23 PM Nov 11 2010 |

Hanan Almarhabi

Saudi Arabia

I like the wild card phrase

12:18 PM Nov 11 2010 |




out of sight, out of mindSmile

12:06 PM Nov 11 2010 |




Totally agree with all comments

09:31 AM Nov 11 2010 |




I have to agree with TS because love knows no boundaries. It can occur anytime, at any moment of your life, and with anyone.

09:01 AM Nov 11 2010 |



wild card in love its like making you totaly blind . and in life we can consider Money like wild love it can control everything almost just like card games :)

i like Taylor Swift songs beside she is smart and staylish ..

06:46 AM Nov 11 2010 |

Likes (23):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast