아이디어 그 자체로만 봤을 때…
보통 우리는 어떤 것에 대해서 얘기할 때 그것을 큰 context(맥락,전후상황) 안에서 이야기한다.
예를들어 어떤 사람이 사업 아이디어가 있다고 치자. 그럼 그 아이디어의 가치는 여러가지 고려해야할 상황(예산, 시장, 자원 등) 에 따라 실행이 바로 가능한 아주 괜찮은 아이디어일수도 있고 , 또 반면에 아이디어 그 자체로만 봤을 때는  괜찮지만 실질적으로는 실행 불가능한 아이디어일수도 있다.
여기서 context를 제외한 아이디어 “그 자체로만 봤을 때 ” <— 라는 표현을 영어로 어떻게 할까?
in and of itself - 그 자체로만
  • [Definition] considering it alone. 
    • The idea in and of itself is not bad, but the side issues introduce many difficulties. 
    • Her action, in and of itself, caused us no problem.
  • it’s about the object in and of itself.
  • reason for this is both that freedom is in and of itself good,
  • There is no such thing as funny in and of itself.
  • Now, I think this is a really cool story in and of itself,
  • just fascinating in and of itself.
  • may not, in and of itself, be exactly what we’re looking for,
  • as a danger in and of itself.
  • actually in and of itself
[From Movies]
  • That’s a sad commentary in and of itself. (Pirates Of The Caribbean)
  • The bicycle chain is fine in and of itself. It’s just the whole It’s thin, you know? (Northern Exposure)
  • But surgery is a trauma in and of itself. (Grey’s Anatomy)
  • What a smell. You know, a Christmas tree is wonderful in and of itself, but it evokes so much. (Northern Exposure)
  • We were talking about having kids, which in and of itself was a nightmare. (Terriers)
[From News]
  • American delegates told a UN conference in 1984 that “population growth is, in and of itself, neither good nor bad. (Economist)
  • The home is art, in and of itself. that’s what people say: It’s a piece of art (NYT)
  • financial stability, like price stability, is a means to an end rather than an end in and of itself. (Economist)
[From Twitter]
  • Art is a value in and of itself, not a vessel through which political or social or religious beliefs are conveyed.
  • Exercise should be a reward in and of itself
  • Being entirely unimpressive is actually pretty impressive in and of itself
[Context] c 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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