Thursday, February 2, 2012

Just in case

If there happens to be a need/ If things don’t happen according to plan or what you expect/ If there is an unexpected circumstance or change.

1. Do you carry an umbrella around just in case it rains? When I carry an umbrella it doesn’t rain. Murphy’s law.

2.  People take out insurance policies just in case something happens to their car, their health etc. Here are two interesting types of insurance: (a) Weather cancellation insurance, which reduces an organization’s risk in planning an outdoor event, just in case weather prevents that activity from taking place. (b) Some people take out Alien abduction insurance, just in case they get abducted by aliens:

3. Do you always have a plan “B”, just in case plan “A” doesn’t work out? Some people go for several job interviews, just in case they aren’t accepted at one place.

4. If someone is planning to be a professional athlete, a singer, an actor or a comedian, it may be a good idea for them to study a profession they could “fall back onjust in case it doesn’t work out for them.

5. Some people carry pepper spray and tazer guns just in case they need to defend themselves. Other people go to self-defense classes to learn how to deal with someone who might attack them.

6. Do you give an extra set of car keys or house keys to a neighbor or friend just in case you lose them or lock your keys in your car?

7. People wear helmets on Motorcycles and safety belts in cars just in case there is an accident. There’s an expression which needs no explanation: “Better safe than sorry”, which means that it is better to take precautions than to regret not being careful.

8. When you participate in potentially dangerous activities such as bungee jumping and paragliding, normally you will have to sign a waiver form, which covers the company just in case there is an accident.


  1. I'm leaving a comment here just in case somebody will come by and want to reply something. :)

    A computers-related thing, you're very much advised to make backups of your data once in a while, just in case. And in the best case, your backups will remain unclaimed. What an irony! Enough said.

    BTW, Frank, how should I say, "make a backup" or "do a backup"?

  2. Hi Eugene,
    My first impulse would be to tell you that "Make a buckup" is the correct phrase... but both of them are correct. "Make a backup" is more common... and you've used it correctly in your example.

    I have heard of "do a backup" before... and my best guess is that it refers not to the actual backup itself, but more to the process... so I Googled it, and that seems to be the idea. You can also say, "to perform a backup" which focuses more on the process/ procedure than the final result (The backup).

    I hope that makes sense.

    I feel like I'm preaching to the choir because I know that you're a computer/ computing expert!

  3. Hi Frank,

    Thanks for the answer. "Make a backup" sounds more natural to me, and yes, the thing about "to perform a backup" does make sense. In general, I'm often confused in situations where either "make" or "do" is correct.

    Well, thanks for that, but I wouldn't say I'm that big an expert, for the IT is a huge industry with lots of different sections/divisions. I do know something. I can say though that you're an English language expert. :)

  4. Yeah... the difference between "do" and "Make" is frustrating for most English learners, because in most languages there is 1 verb for both.

    My advice is to learn English in phrases as opposed to lists of single-word vocabulary... that way you will learn the verb in it's proper context, along with prepositions etc.

  5. The cartoon is really cool. Great idea!

    A Trojan Pizza Delivery Guy! LOL

  6. I like carrying a bottle of water to school just in case I get thirsty.