오늘의 표현은 Jea cho님께서 추천해주셨습니다. example-image image source: peoplesliceoflife

MOTIVATION

어떤 프로젝트를 시작했다. 그런데 어느정도 해보니…..첫단추부터 잘못끼워져 있다는 것을 깨달았다..

한마디로 프로젝트를 뒤엎어야한다.
  1. 에세이 10장 썼는데 요점이 없을 때
  2. 어떤 데이타를 가지고 한달간 연구했는데, 데이터자체에 오류가 있는 것을 발견할 때
  3. 전제부터가 잘못된 연구
이렇게 “다시 처음부터 시작해야하는 상태/도로 제자리”를 영어로 어떻게 표현할까? “Basically, this brings us back to square one.”

DEFINITION

  1. back to the beginning.

COMMENT

example-image hopscotch back to “square one”에서 square one은 무슨 의미일까?안타깝게도, 저번에 다룬 the whole nine yards처럼 아무도 정확하게 그 유래를 모른다.

보드게임에서 벌칙으로 맨처음칸으로 가는 것을 의미한다는 이론도 있고, hopscotch(사방치기놀이) 에서 처음 칸을 의미한다는 이론도 있다. 그냥 제일 그럴싸해보이는 것으로 이해하시길 바란다. 출처: phrases.org.uk

FROM MOVIES

  • Since we have more new people than old people today, let’s just go back to square one and get to know each other. (Precious)
  • When I just took the job for the word of mouth and now that’s gone. It’s just like he’s put me back to square one. (Single White)
  • Then we’re back to square one, aren’t we? Sooner or later, the Thirst always wins. (Blade)
  • And now, as a felon, he can’t make any more public appearances for money. He’s back to square one… broke. (Spider-Man)
  • I cannot abide falling back to square one. (House of Cards)

FROM NEWS

  • She is much too talented an actress and at far too high a point in her career to go back to square one. (NYT)
  • Martine Aubry, the Socialist boss, called the reform “unfair”, and called on the government to “go back to square one”, and withdraw the legislation, which is currently going through parliament. (Economist)
  • Now back to square one, lobbyists and lawmakers may have an even tougher climb as cost-cutting rules the day, said analyst Mark McMinimy (Bloomberg)
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FROM TWITTER

  • You be almost over him then he hit you up and mess with your feelings then you’re back to square one.
  • I feel like I’m back to square one.
  • Time doesn’t heal all; it makes you overthink. Then you’re back to square one.

COMMENT

보통 go back to square/fall back to square one/be back to square의 형태로 자주 사용된다.

VIDEO

  • I cannot abide falling back to square one.
  • We’ve got to go back to square one and start again.”
  • It made him very unpopular. They didn’t want to go back to square one.
  • about going back to square one, and say,

META & CONTEXT

  • Is it a slang? No
  • Can I use it in a email? Yes
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? Yes
  • Frequency? A lot

context plot data source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/