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MOTIVATION

미국 사람들은 in a nutshell이라는 말을 참 많이 쓴다. 무슨 뜻일까? In a nutshell, ‘in a nutshell’ means ‘simply put’” “(견과류 껍질안에 넣을 수 있을만큼) 축약해서”…라는 뜻이다.

DEFINITION

  1. in the fewest possible words.
  2. In summary; briefly or simply.

FROM MOVIES

  • Ted, in a nutshell, all you have to do is hold the fort. (Four Rooms)
  • Give us your whole basic philosophy in a nutshell. (Ghost World)
  • Look, our situation in a nutshell is, no prison wants ‘em, no prison will take ’em (Natural Born Killers)
  • In a nutshell, I hate my brother. (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off )
  • In a nutshell, St. Bernard’s may punish you even for the slightest digression, but will never cast you out, even for the largest. (Detroit Rock City)
image_img “Higher education in a nutshell.” source

FROM NEWS

  • Apple’s iPhone Launch in a Nutshell (Bloomberg)
  • The book’s argument in a nutshell is this: Capitalism has a natural drift toward high inequality, as assets like real estate and stocks disproportionately held by the wealthy (capital) rise faster than the economy (growth). (NYT)
image_img “The current political system in a nutshell. ” source

FROM TWITTER

  • This is the first 3 months of parenthood in a nutshell.

VIDEO

  • of gifted kids for a long time is replacement and here’s replacement in a nutshell. You,
  • So in a nutshell,
  • So that’s the breathing loop in a nutshell.
  • But if I had to put it in a nutshell these days,
  • So in a nutshell, that’s the challenge
  • Our plan, in a nutshell,
  • In a nutshell, a Siftable is an interactive computer
  • So, in a nutshell, what we had in traditional Africa
  • And this, in a nutshell, is the essence of the Higgs story.
  • In a nutshell, you can think of physics as follows.
  • In a nutshell,
  • In a nutshell, that’s what I was trying to do
  • What the model told us is that, in a nutshell,

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/

PHRASE HISTORY

1750년 이후부터 점점 쓰이기 시작한 것을 확인할 수 있다. ngram_img image source: Google Ngram

TYPICAL MISTAKES

  1. “A” nutshell 인것을 까먹지 말자
  2. In the nutshell, (X)
  3. In a nutshell, you are dumb (O)