[Motivation]
가령 “X가 유용해” 라는 말을 영어로 한다고 해보자.
십중팔구 당신의 머리속에 스쳐지나가는 단어는 “useful”일 것이다.
  • “X is useful”
이렇게 말을 해도 의미 전달은 되긴한다.
하지만 비슷한 표현으로 “come in handy”라는 표현이 있다. 사전을 찾아보면
  • “come in handy: be useful for certain purpose”
라고 나와있는데, 이 두 표현은 어떻게 다를까?
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[Useful vs Come in handy] 
두 표현은 의미적으로 같다. 하지만  ”아 다르고 어 다르다” 라는 말처럼, 두 표현의느낌은 확연히 다르다.
useful 은 “유용하다”는 추상적인 개념을 표현하는 것이라면
comes in handy 는 “useful” 이라는 의미와 더불어 그와 관련된 긍적적인 감정 까지 같이 따라오는 효과가 있다
보통 이렇게  단어에서느껴지는 감정들을 connotation 이라고 하는데,
이런점에서 볼 때 “come in handy”는 “useful”보다 positive connotation이 더 강하다고 말할 수 있겠다.
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보통 connotation이 약할 수록 표현이 “밍밍”하다고 할 수 있는데, useful은 그 쪽에 속한다.
[From Movies & TV Shows]
*** 밑에 예문에 나와있는  come in handy를 useful 을 바꿔서 읽어보라.  화자가 의도했던 느낌이 확 사라지는 효과를 경험할 수 있을 것이다.
  • I love it when your checkered past comes in handy, Parker. (Thunderbirds) [* checkered past : 부끄러운 과거]
  • Additional photos come in handy as gifts for Grandma and Grandpa or as a wonderful remembrance for friends. (Bad Santa)
  • That’ll come in handy if we’re ever at a square dance. (Death to Smoochy)
  • You know, this is just the Mickey-Mouse stuff, but it does come in handy. (Single White Female)
  • I always wondered if my freshman Russian class would come in handy. (Air Force One)
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[From News]
  • WOOLLEN car-seat covers come in handy during the freezing winters of north-eastern China, giving drivers a plush layer of extra warmth. (Economist)
  • Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. honed his political instincts over the decades, and they came in handy on a trip to Asia this week. (NYT)
  • “The extra money comes in handy,” she said. ( Bloomberg)
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[From Twitter]
  • that mute button really comes in handy
  • Drinking that energy drink a few hours ago is really gonna come in handy when I abandon my paper and stay up till 4 am watching Mad Men
  • My reviewers in my literature classes years ago will definitely come in handy for the quiz 
[From Emails]
  • “A good handle on stacks will come in handy in two common interview situations”
  • As easy to wear as it is to throw in a bag, this lightweight cardigan comes in handy
[Comment]
“come in handy”는 관용어다. 즉,  come in + handy  또는 come/in/handy 로 나눠서 해석하는 우를 범해선 안된다.
[Video]
  • I knew all this stuff would come in handy someday.
  • So it comes in handy to not be annoyed by her.
  • It comes in handy.
  • Now when facts come in handy like that —
  • comes in handy, because the visual information of the logo
  • I should have one. Might come in handy if somebody ever puts a tracking device on my car.
  • this device kind of comes in handy,
  • of video. Which comes in handy for something I’m about to show you. And it has 802.11 wi-fi

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