어떤 사물의 실재(實在) 를 체감하는데 가장 좋은 방법은 그것을 만져보는 것이다.
만져보면 그 사물의 모양, 굵기, 길이, 온도 등을 가장 원초적으로 느낄 수 있기 때문이다.
이러한 현상은 추상적인 개념에도 적용할 수 있는데…
예를 들어 “불편한 진실”이라는 추상적인 개념을 손에 쥘 수 있다고 가정해보자..
그리고 꽉 움켜잡는다고 생각해보자.
그러면 무의식중에 다음처럼 느낄 수 도 있다.
‘그래 “불편한 진실”아… 네가 느껴지는 구나…..계속 미루고 미루어서 널 방치해뒀는데…이렇게 움켜잡아보니 이제야 도대체 너가 무엇인지 조금이나마  알겠구나..‘ 
지금 방금 말한 느낌을 정확하게 포착하는 영어표현이 있는데…
come to grips with something
  • [Definition] to make an effort to understand and deal with a problem or situation
1. come to grips with something 은 understand something 보다 훨씬 비주얼적이고 “움켜잡음”에서 느껴지는 강렬함이 있다.다음 나오는 두 표현을 비교해보라 .
  • we have a real chance to understand  HIV
  • we have a real chance to come to grips with HIV
어떤 표현이 더 강렬한가?
2.같은 의미로 get to grips with something 이라고도 쓸 수 있다.
[From Movies]
  • These are nuclear missiles. The men come to grips with their own fears, own anger. (Thirteen Days)
  • Jabir hangs up the phone, forcing Paul to instantly come to grips with the fact that he is being held hostage. He lays back in the coffin, shell-shocked. (Buried)
  • JAFAR:Prince Ali Yes, it is he, But not as you know him. Read my lips and come to grips with reality (JAFAR brings the two of them closer in the air.) Yes, meet a blast from your past Whose lies were too good to la st Say hello to your precious Prince Ali! (JAFAR zaps ALI back to ALADDIN.) IAGO: Or should we say Aladdin? (Aladdin)
  • and runs back up to their room. They come to grips with the fact that it might not be the house, but themselves that are “haunted.” (Night Time (The Poltergeist Treatment))
  • Jones and Dominic are there with her; both of them trying to come to grips with the strange stun weapons they’ve been given. (Perfect Creature)
[From News]
  • The weather report. Economists are getting to grips with the impact of climate change. (Economist)
  • Because Europeans have failed to examine their past fully and honestly, the argument goes, they have not come to grips with the causes of the war and the Holocaust, nor have they learned the lessons of history.(NYT)
  • At the end of the day, Louisiana has to come to grips with the fact that the country is not going to wait for Louisiana. (Bloomberg)
[From Twitter]
  • Praying for Nepal & all the families coming to grips with this tragedy.
  • Scientists are coming to grips with the superior grasping ability of #humans and other #primates throughout history.
  • Slowly but surely coming to grips with the fact that I probably wont end up marrying Emmy Rossum.
  • before we can come to grips with consciousness
  • And we’re going to have to come to grips with the fact
  • The importance of coming to grips with values like justice,
  • and if we can get to grips with these,
  • we have a real chance to come to grips with HIV.
  • where people have come to grips with these issues
  • to come to grips with this something that supposedly arose
예문에서 볼 수 있듯이 come to grips with 뒤에는 보통 이해하기 어려운 것들이 따라온다.
Source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/

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