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MOTIVATION

인생을 살다보면 “쪼끔” 불~안불안해보이는 것들이 있다.

  • 유통기한이 3일지난 우유를 마시는 일 (“마셔도 죽을 것 같지는 않지만서도..”)
  • 누군가에게 보증을 써주는 일 (“설마 최악의 상황까지는 가지않겠지만서도..”)
  • 뭔가 별로 가망성이 없어보이는 신생기업 (“별로 오래버티지 못할 것 같구만…”)
  • 친구가 엄청나게 노력해서 만들어준 음식. 그런데 맛이… (“친구: 맛이 어때 ? 나: 흠……….“)
  • 우산을 가져갈까 말까 고민하게만드는 날씨 (“이게 비가 오는거야 마는거야….”)
  • dicey의 느낌을 전달하겠다고 선정한 이런 어이없는 예문들. (“DET 독자님: 이런 말도 안되는 예들은 뭥미…“)
이런상황에서 한국어로는 “좀 위험해 보임….” 또는 “뭔가..쬐까 불안한데…?” 라고 표현할 수 있는데, 비슷한 느낌을 영어로는 어떻게 표현할까? that looks risky 또는 dangerous라고 표현할 수 있겠지만, 좀 더 입에 착착붙고 미국에서 자주쓰이는 slang이 있다. “It took me a while to learn that It’s a bit dicey to give an unasked-for advice or solutions to someone who just wants to feel being listened and sympathized”

DEFINITION

  1. Risky looking and dubious. Most likely dangerous.
  2. involving a chance that something bad or unpleasant could happen

COMMENT

example-image Dice Dicey 는 주사위 dice 와 명사를 형용사로 만드는 -y 와 합쳐져서 만들어진 표현이다. dice + y = dicey 주사위는 찬스, 즉 불확실한 것을 상징하기때문에 dicey라는 표현은 불확실한 것을 묘사할 때 쓸 수 있는 것이다. 성공이 불확실한 것. 즉 실패할 가능성이 다분한 것. 그런것이 dicey하다고 할 수 있다.

FROM MOVIES

  • (phone rings) “Unknown number?” Hmm. Be careful, Steve. These calls can be dicey. (American Dad)
  • The weather’s getting dicey, and the plane’s been sitting on the runway idling for hours. (Firehouse Dog)
  • Something’s dicey about this. Let’s pull out. (The Professionals)
  • Well, actually, he did okay with his own kids. It’s when other kids got involved that it got real dicey. (Veep)
  • Oh,sorry,but I am taking my son on a dicey single-mom lunch. (Ghost Whisperer)
image_img 상황이 dicey할 때 나오는 표정: “Things were getting dicey here..”

FROM NEWS

  • As China churns out graduates, job prospects are dicey. (NYT)
  • Despite some very dicey moments during August and September, the American economy grew at a 2.5% annual pace in the third quarter. (Economist)
  • The economy hasn’t yet recovered from the implosion of risky investments that led to the worst recession in decades?and already some of the world’s biggest banks are peddling a new generation of dicey products to corporations, consumers, and investors. (Bloomberg)

FROM TWITTER

  • Raising money from family and friends. It’s a bit dicey and one needs to tread with caution
  • “There is not just smoke but fire to the Hillary e-mail scandal” — and it’s about to get very dicey
  • Sometimes I run with my shoes untied, not full speed but fast enough to make it dicey #badass

VIDEO

  • and things were always dicey.
  • You sort of get down there to the bottom and things get really dicey.

META & CONTEXT

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

PHRASE HISTORY

1950년대부터 점점 유행한 슬랭인 것을 확인할 수 있다. ngram_img image source: Google Ngram