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MOTIVATION

가령 이런 문장이 있다고 하자 (참고: 원본 글은 훨씬 좋으나, 필자가 예를 들기 위하여 “싸구려화”” 한 것이다 ).“When a writer’s education on a topic consists in interviewing an expert, it is easy for him to offer generalizations that are banal, obtuse, or wrong.“밑줄친 부분을 어떻게 effective하게 바꿀수 있을까?

  1. it is likely that he offers..
  2. he has a tendency to offer
  3. he is going to offer
1번, 2번은 너무 wordy 하고, 3번은 의미가 변질되었다. 이 문장의 original 작가 Steven Pinker은 아주 간결하고 effective 하게 이 문장을 표현했다. “… he is apt to offer generalizations that are banal, obtuse, or wrong”

DEFINITION

  1. Having a tendency to do something

FROM MOVIES

  • He also has Tourette’s Syndrome and is apt to yell his two chosen swear words every now and then, first fuck! and after a slight pause, ass! (Boomdock)
  • People are less apt to laugh these days (Jacob’s Ladder)
  • But when you’re treated like a patient long enough, you’re apt to act like one… (Frances Script)
  • You’re apt to catch cold in this dank cave.(Batman: The Animated Series)
  • Sometimes I’m apt to forget what we’ve left behind. (Rawhide)
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FROM NEWS

  • When a writer’s education on a topic consists in interviewing an expert, he is apt to offer generalizations that are banal, obtuse or flat wrong. (NYT)
  • WHEN a space opens in the next lane of the choked streets of Lagos, the bustling commercial capital of Nigeria, even a careful driver is apt to surge forward (Economist)
  • As with 911, the reverbations of the Charlie Hebdo attacks are apt to be as powerful as the event itself, or more so. (Bloomberg)
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FROM TWITTER

  • #SuccessToMe is not killing any co-workers before noon on Monday for doing something moronic which they are apt to do!
  • You’re more apt to remember a story being told than a fact-Holly Klingler
  • “If a person admires you a lot you despise them and don’t care- and it is the person who doesn’t notice you that you are apt to admire

VIDEO

  • because they are more apt to look outward
  • that people are apt to make in the moral sphere.

META & CONTEXT

  • Is it a slang? No.
  • Can I use it in an 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/