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MOTIVATION

이 Motivation은 Saeryoung Lee님께서 작성해주셨습니다.어떤 문제가 있을 때 나와 상관 없는 일이라며 신경 쓰지 않을 때가 있다.

그러나 친구들끼리 서로 싸우고 있거나, 길에 쓰러져 있는 사람이 있다거나, 도움이 필요한 곳에서는 방관자의 관점을 버리고 관심을 가져야 한다. 문제를 회피하기보다 당당히 맞서 문제를 해결할 수 있도록 도와주어야 한다. You can’t be indifferent. You’ve gotta be more caring. 이란 표현은 ~이래야만 한다는 명령조의 형용사를 쓴 경우다. 좀 더 부드럽게 표현하는 방법을 미식축구 경기장에서 찾아보자. “You can’t stay on the sidelines

DEFINITION

  1. to not be actively involved in something

COMMENT

1) 경기장 사이드라인 (Sidelines)에서 ‘지켜보고만 있을 수 없다’는 시각적인 표현을 들을 때, 당신이 참여해야만 한다는 강한 느낌을 받지 않는가?

2) stay 대신 sit 또는 stand를 써도 된다. (ex: sit on the sidelines 또는 stand on the sidelines)

FROM MOVIES

  • Well, if you’d Iike for her to remain in office you’II take my advice and just stay on the sidelines for now. (Prison Break)
  • When will you learn to stay on the sidelines? (Balto)
  • Look, I know it’s hard for you to stay on the sidelines, Colonel, but it’s the right call. (Stargate Atlantis)
  • Conditions are so extreme that virtually every trucker has chosen to stay on the sidelines. (Ice Road Truckers)
  • Julia Domna did not stay on the sidelines like Caenis or suffer public scorn like Berenice. (Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses)
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FROM NEWS

  • As mortgage rates creep up, subprime problems proliferate, and buyers stay on the sidelines, the outlook for housing is bound to become more and more uncertain. (Bloomberg)
  • That’s ample reason for the small investor to stay on the sidelines. (NYT)
  • Whether their ideas are barmy or brilliant, the activists make it harder for investors to stay on the sidelines. (Economist)
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FROM TWITTER

  • Life’s about risk. If you can’t handle it, stay on the sidelines and watch.
  • You have a choice to get into the game or to stay on the sidelines.
  • Enough is enough. Even those who normally stay on the sidelines need to get involved. It’s just straight up wrong.

VIDEO

  • There are a lot of people on the sidelines who have enormous talent but they want to
  • Because for so long I’ve been standing on the sidelines
  • with 50 percent of the population on the sidelines

META & CONTEXT

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

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/