[66] A survey of more than 1,500 American business travellers


A survey of more than 1,500 American business travellers ranked the Dallas-Fort Worth airport as the least stressful among major US airports. Dallas-Fort Worth had low stress scores because signs were easy to read, there were good restaurant options, and Wi-Fi connections were easily available. More than half of the survey respondents noted that the distances between transit gates at Chicago’s O’Hare were so far that it caused high levels of stress. New York’s JFK airport was given bad scores because passengers often had to wait in long lines before boarding their flights.


It’s your call

Ronney: Should we rent a motorboat for the weekend trip by the lake, or should we borrow my uncle’s sailboat?

Mike: I don’t know which one is best. It’s your money, and it’s your uncle, so it’s your call.

Explanation: The phrase “It’s your call” means that it is your decision and you can choose for yourself what you want to do.


O neg

Paramedic: We have a patient in transit who is losing blood rapidly, but we don’t have any blood type information.

Doctor: We’ll prepare a supply of O neg in the operating room.

Explanation: The phrase “O neg” is a short way of saying that someone has blood type O without Rhesus factor, which means that the blood can be donated to any patient in need.


winding down

Dear Mr. Hall:

Due to the lack of demand from Asia, we are winding down our production of audio CDs and moving to web-based sales. By next year our CD factory will stop operating.

Explanation: The phrase “winding down” means that a project is slowly being closed down, but not suddenly and not right away.