어떤 토픽에서 가장 중요한 요소를 얘기할 때  ”The most important thing is … “ 라는 표현을 은근 많이 쓰게 되는데,
이보다 좀 더 올가닉하고 찰진 표현이 있다.
the name of the game
  • [Definition] the essential element; the most important aspect of a situation;.the main purpose of an activity
은근 자주 쓰는 표현: That’s the name of the game: that’s  the way things are; the way things can be expected to be.
  • the name of the game is hydrocarbons. And be that oil, be that gas, be that coal, this is what we’re dealing with.
  • this is going to be the name of the game,
  • (Shooting noises) The name of the game is to get after your enemy zombie bad guys before they get to you, right?
[From Movies & TV Shows]
  • David, in a free society information is the name of the game. (Brazil)
  • Cool was the name of the game. Stay cool. (Fast Times at Ridgemont)
  • The name of the game is survival, You learn it in jail upon your arrival!  (Basquiat)
  • Built-in obsolescence was the name of the game. (Blade Runner)
  • That’s… That’s the worst bullshit story I’ve heard in my entire life. Now it’s our bullshit story. OK. Let’s get to work. The name of the game is “motive”. (Primal Fear)
[From News]
  • Change is the name of the game (Economist)
  • the real name of the game is control - minimizing mistakes (NYT)
  • Maintaining quality standards while minimizing costs and timeline is the name of the game. (Economist)
  • Manipulation of stocks is the name of the game today (NYT)
[From Twitter]
  • Don’t know why, unfortunately that’s the name of the game.
  • The name of the game is and will always be: propaganda. The sooner you realize that you’re being told real lies, the better off you’ll be.
  • Money is the name of the game in political races these days as record amounts of cash roll into state races
  1. 이 표현이 찰진 이유는 the NAME of the GAME 이라 rhyme이 들어가 있어 입에 착착 붙기 때문이다
  2. that’s the name of the game 은 그냥 숙어처럼 외워두자
  3. 예문에서도 볼 수 있겠지만 보통 WORD is the name of the game  또는 the name of the game is WORD 구조로 쓰인다.

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