An Internet search yielded a number of refernces to 'wing skate' which appeared to be a type of sailing.Girino said:I agree with carrickp that it sounds like a reference to hockey (where a wing is a player position on the forward line) but "skating my wing" doesn't make much sense in the context of having a boring or repetitive routine.
Another guess is that since these are young people talking, it might be slang from the skateboarder culture. But I'm not a madrelingua in skateboardiano!
I really don't know. I thought "coast" because when someone is "coasting" (which is like going downhill on your bicycle without pedaling) one is drifting through life without changing direction. I have no idea where the "wing" thing could have come from.misssmith said:Thank you all.
Yes, Carrickp, the sentence comes from a book. If it were as you suggest (I'm coasting my wing), what would be the meaning?
In the link you provided, I read the usage to be more like "doing my job," or "I'm doing what I need to do" and it is indeed a hockey reference. Sort of like, "you skate your wing and I'll skate mine."DesertCat said:Googling turns up one reference that implies "aging not so gracefully" but others might interpret the sentence differently. Does that make any sense to other AE natives?
Thank you, Girino, I think you hit the mark! And thanks to desertcat too, for providing the link! CiaoGirino said:In the link you provided, I read the usage to be more like "doing my job," or "I'm doing what I need to do" and it is indeed a hockey reference. Sort of like, "you skate your wing and I'll skate mine."
So, "just skating my wing" would mean, "I'm just doing my job, and not worriying about other things."
Never heard the expression before, but I like it!