Real English/Greetings from North Carolina!
Walk on the Wild Side

Take a walk on the wild side means do something crazy or risky. Here, it isn't that the otters at the WNC Nature Center are dangerous - it's just a play on words, because they're wild animals.

What's most interesting about this expression is that it's often used for children's events and attractions, despite the fact that it's best known as a Lou Reed song about sexy transvestites in 1960s New York (for complete lyrics with notes and translation, click here.)

Black Mountain Tour Guide (free newspaper) Fall/Winter 2002

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