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MOTIVATION

배움은 강도가 높은 감정이 수반될 때 효과적입니다. 웃기면 웃길수록, 충격적이면 충격적일수록 더욱더 기억에 잘 남는 법이지요. 그래서 가급적이면 DET포스트를 재미있게 쓰려고 합니다. 그런데 저에게 요즘 DET작성에 있어 슬럼프가 왔나봅니다. 예전처럼 좀처럼 재미있는 아이디어가 나오지가 않네요. 쓰다가 마음에 안들어서, draft 상태로 있는 포스트가 꽤 됩니다. “크어어어어어어어…어떻게 하면 재미있으면서도, 기억에 남으면서도, 모두에게 도움이 될만한 DET포스트를 작성할 수 있을까?” 라는 생각이 자주 저를 마비시키는데, 사실 모두를 만족시키기란 어렵지만서도, 저런 생각이 계속 듭니다. 이런 답답하고, frustrating하고, hopeless한 기분 …그런데 갑자기 분위기를 확 틀어서 죄송한데, 그나저나 밑줄친 부분을 영어로 어떻게 묘사할까요? …^^ “Please execuse me while I go bang my head against the wall to write a DET post that is just about challenging, effective, and funny to EVERYBODY”

DEFINITION

  1. To attempt, continuously and fruitlessly, to accomplish some task or achieve some goal that is or seems ultimately hopeless.

COMMENT

  1. bang one’s head against the wall대신에 bang one’s head against a brick wall이라고도 쓸 수 있습니다. 그렇기 때문에 “the” wall을 “사람들이 스트레스 받을 때마다 머리를 밖던 모두가 아는 ‘그’ 벽” 이라고 상상하면 관사 the 를 기억하기 쉬울 것입니다. bang one’s head against “a” wall 이라고 써도 상관이 없습니다만(예문 참조), 밑에 PHRASE HISTORY 섹션을 보시면, the wall이 더 많이 쓰인 것을 확인할 수 있습니다.
  2. “모르겠다 모르겠다 모르겠어”라며 머리를 벽돌에 밖는 Imagery 가 웃기고, 또 bang 이라는 단어 자체가 가져다주는 소리와 역동감이 유난히 튀는 표현입니다.

FROM MOVIES

  • You know what they say about banging your head against a brick wall? It feels wonderful when you stop. (The Crimson Field)
  • Why don’t you do something productive, like bang your head against the wall until your brain isn’t so stupid? (BoJack Horseman)
  • I’m far from happy with your progress! l feel as if l’m banging my head against a brick wall (Mind Your Language)
  • Just stop talking and bang your head against the wall! I’m doing this ’cause I want to, not ’cause she told me to. (The Simpsons)
  • Does banging your head against a wall qualify as trying to climb it? (Ties That Bind)
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FROM NEWS

  • A sick patient, trying to understand his insurance, is likely to need further care after banging his head against the wall. (Economist)
  • Don’t try to make it one, or you will end up banging your head against walls as Kitto did. (Bloomberg)
  • And for four weeks, it looked like I was banging my head against a wall, since all the leads were leading nowhere… (NYT)
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FROM TWITTER

  • I dont think there will ever be a time in my life where i am not stressed out, annoyed, or constantly wanting to bang my head against a wall
  • School makes me want to bang my head against a wall 401 million times
  • applying to college literally makes me wanna bang my head against a wall till I pass out

META & CONTEXT

  • Is it a slang? Yes.
  • Can I use it in an email? Yes.
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? No.

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/

PHRASE HISTORY

the wall 이 a wall 보다 더 자주쓰이는 것을 확인할 수 있습니다 . ngram_img image source: Google Ngram