[Motivation]
상황:
소개팅남:  그냥 궁금해서 그러는데요... 결혼은 언제하실 예정이세요?
소개팅녀:  너랑은 안해
밑줄 친 표현을 영어로 어떻게 말할까?
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[Phrase] 
just out of curiosity, PHRASE
  • [Definition] I was wondering…PHRASE
[Comment]
개인적으로 애착이 가는 표현이다.
몇년간 토론시간만 되면 꽉 막혔던 나의 말문을 트게 도와준 표현이기 때문이다.
이 표현을 알기 전에는 어떤 질문이 있을 때  ”내 질문이 바보같으면 어쩌지?” 또는 “나를 이상한 사람으로 보면 어쩌지?” 라는 생각에 사로잡혀 말문이 막힐 때가 많았았는데
이 표현을 배우고 나선 그 두려움이 싹 사라졌다.
왜냐하면 사람은 충분히 “그냥” 궁금해 할 수 있는 동물이고, 이 표현을 통하여  ”나는 이상한 사람이 아니다”라는 인상을 유지하면서 궁금증을 해결할 수 있기 때문이다.
한마디로  이 표현은 사회적 실드를 쳐주는 효과가 있다.
  • just out of curiosity…why did you decide to use x rather than y?
  • just out of curiosity…what software did you use to do that?
  • out of curiosity, how did you come up with that idea?
  • out of curiosity, why did you decide to leave him?
  • just out of curiosity, what did you decide to join this organization?
  • outta curiosity, what was a book you recently read that you think was good? (out of 를 outta로 발음상 줄여줄 수 있다)
[From Movies & TV Shows]
  • just out of curiosity, sir… who’s Agent No. 1? (Wild Wild West)
  • FERRIS: Just out of curiosity, what was your top speed coming down the ramp? BLACK GUY: (matter-of-fact) About 60. FERRIS: Stunning!(Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
  • BRANDI: Ronnie, I got to be honest with you, you’re not really my type. RONNIE: Just out of curiosity, what is your type? BRANDI: Rich guys. Or guys who are really hot. RONNIE: Yeah, I guess that’s not me. (Observe and Report)
  • SAM: Just out of curiosity, how did they get our address? JONAH They called and asked for it.(Sleepless in Seattle)
  • Just out of curiosity, which casinos did you geniuses pick to rob? DANNY: The Bellagio, Mirage, and the M.G.M. Grand. TISHKOFF (nostrils flared, smelling a rat) Those are Terry Benedict’s casinos.(Ocean’s Eleven)
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[From News]
  • Just out of curiosity, I asked a Justice Department spokeswoman, Alisa Finelli, for the names of the cases. (Bloomberg)
  • You are entitled to your opinion of course, but just out of curiosity can you name one metric by which Bush outperformed Obama? (Economist)
  • My wife and I are looking for a house in Manhattan. Just out of curiosity, how much would Gracie Mansion be worth on the open market? (NYT)
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[From Twitter]
  • Just out of curiosity where are y’all from and how has the weather been? We love in Texas.
  • Just out of curiosity who is going to UNI next year?
  • Just out of curiosity, does anyone know anyone who has signed up for Tidal?
[Video]
  • to know that people came just out of curiosity.
  • Robert Krulwich: Out of curiosity, the three elements of the sound of the fireflies.
  • How many of you, just out of curiosity,
  • And just out of curiosity, if you
  • But have you been to any of my shows, out of curiosity?
  • And then I thought out of curiosity
  • Just out of curiosity, how many of you?
[Context]
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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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