[Motivation]
다른 사람의 경험을 흡수하면 인생의 귀중한 시간을 아낄 수 있다.
예를들어 내가 직접 풀면 한달넘짓 걸릴 것을,  누군가가 귀뜸해준 정보나 조언이면 1시간만에 풀 수 있다.
누군가에 조언을 물어볼 때
  • Can I get your advice on X?
라고 말할 수도 있지만, 같은 표현을 좀 더 비주얼적으로, 그리고 다소 장난기있게  표현할 수 있는 방법이 있으니…
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[Phrase] 
pick one’s brain
  • [Definition] to talk with someone to find out information about something.  Exploit someone’s creativity by imitation; be an intellectual parasite
    • I spent the afternoon with Donna, picking her brain for ideas to use in our celebration. 
    • Do you mind if I pick your brains? I need some fresh ideas.
[Comment]
이 표현은 편한사람들끼리는 장난기있게 쓰지만 상대방을 잘 모르거나  formal한 자리에서는 가급적 안쓰는 것이 좋다. 왜냐하면 “상대방의 두뇌(brain)를 손가락으로 쇽쇽 파먹는(pick) 이미지” 를 연상시키기 때문이다.
이런 negative connotation 때문인지, 나를 잘 모르는 사람이 내가 가진 정보를 탐낼 때 그것을 비판하는 용도로 쓰이기도 한다.
  • How To Say No To People Who Want To Pick Your Brain
[From Movies & TV Shows]
  • You know, I’d love to sit down with you and just pick your brain, if you’d ever be willing. (American Beauty)
  • You know, we don’t know if this person had it in for you or had it in for the agency, so can I just pick your brain a little bit? (Nothing But The Truth)
  • Mind if i stay and pick Katherine’s big brain? (Alpha House)
  • You wanna pick my brain, right? Right. I’m gonna let you. (Car Wash)
  • TOM: You make me nervous. Anyway if I can pick your brain. JANE: (grimaces at “pick your brain.“) I can’t help you, sorry.
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caviar: 캐비어(철갑상어 알을 소금에 절인 식품 ). 
[From News]
  • Wilson said he’ll continue to communicate with Revis regularly and doesn’t feel any pressure in replacing him. “I always pick that guy’s brain,” Wilson told reporters. (Bloomberg)
  • Today, we review the array of apps that send short-lived texts and tell you how to use your smartphone to pick your car’s brain. (NYT)
  • “Find a dealer you enjoy talking to and pick his or her brain,” says Lally.
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[From Twitter]
  • I’m like, reasonably whizzy on Google Analytics/Wordpress CMS. If you’re super whizzy, can you tweet me so I can pick your brain please?
  • pick my brain. ask me about my views on something. dig deeper than the obvious. lets make each other think. show me a different perspective.
  • Dont ask to pick my brain unless I can pick your pockets…
[Video] 
  • And I phoned them up and picked their brain
[Context] 
COCA 데이터베이스를 통해 어떤 분야  ( 일상대화, 소설, 잡지, 신문,  학술지)에서 이 표현이 자주 쓰이는지 한번에 확인 할수 있다.
query: “pick* * brain”
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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/.
  • 학술지에서는 거의 안쓰이지만, 다른 여러 context에서 쓰이는 것을 확인할 수 있다. 즉 회화에 도움이 된다는 것!

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