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MOTIVATION

고마운 친구에게 밥사준다고 말하니까, 친구가 미안해하며 거절하려고 한다.

  • 나: 정말 고맙다. 야, 나와라. 내가 밥 사줄게
  • 친구: 아 뭘. 괜찮아..
이럴 때, 친구의 입을 다물게하고, 그냥 나오게 하는 표현이 있다. “I won’t take no for an answer

DEFINITION

  1. if someone will not take no for an answer, they continue asking for something although their request has already been refused

COMMENT

  1. 밑 그래프를 보면 이 표현은 1900년 초반부터 갑자기 인기가 많아진 것을 알 수 있다 . ngram_img image source: Google Ngram 구글검색을 해보니, Dictionary.com 에 따르면 이 표현은 1930년 윈스턴 처칠의 자서전 “My Early Life”에서 쓰였단다: “Don’t take no for an answer, never submit to failure.” . 이것 때문에 유행을 탄 것 같다.
  2. “not take no for an answer”는 보통 어떻게 쓰일까? ngram으로 확인해보면 쉽게 알수 있다. ngram_img image source: Google Ngram would not take no for an answer 또는 will not take no for an answer, 즉 미래부정로 자주 쓰이는 것을 확인할 수 있다. 이 사실을 염두하고, 이 표현을 쓸 수 있는 두 상황을 알아보자. 상황1 : 뭔가 내키지 않아하는 친구에게 강하게 제안하고 싶을 때
    • 나: Let’s go get a cup of coffee
    • 친구: um…
    • 나: and I will not take no for an answer. Come! walks out of the door
    상황2: 안된다고 했는데, 계~속 짜증나게 조를 때.
    • 사장: Sorry. Based on your performance during internship, I don’t think I would be able to offer you a job
    • 인턴: Why..? please. I will do anything you ask…please
    • 사장: No means no. May I ask you to leave my office? Thanks.
    • 인턴 : please~~ (드러누움)
    • 사장: Security!!!
  3. 1 hour later*
    • 사장친구: What happened during the interview?
    • 사장: that annoying guy wouldn’t take no for an answer..

FROM MOVIES

  • I won’t take no for an answer. Get in the car (Walking Tall)
  • When you don’t take ‘no’ for an answer… …there is still a chance you’ll get what you want (2046)
  • She was a lot like you. Tough. Wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. (The Proposal)
  • Those outlaws just don’t know how to take “no” for an answer. (Goin’ South)
  • A: OK, we can go right now. B: I have class! A: Tonight. I won’t take no for an answer. (Pretty In Pink)
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FROM NEWS

  • “Never take no for an answer if no isn’t the answer to the question.” - Dame Tessa Jowell MP (Bloomberg)
  • The overwhelming response of scientists and defense experts, after 18 months of reflection, is that it can’t be done. But Mr. Reagan won’t take no for an answer. (NYT)
  • ‘When did we begin to take no for an answer in diplomacy?” Mr. Blix replied with a gentlemanly smile. (NYT)
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FROM TWITTER

  • when it comes to the art, i don’t take no for an answer.
  • Believe the unbelievable. Dream the impossible. Never take no for an answer.
  • I asked once, I’ll ask again… Why can’t guys take no for an answer?

VIDEO

  • See, I generally don’t take no for an answer.
  • I won’t take no for an answer.
  • Then we shouldn’t take no for an answer.
  • Don’t take no for an answer? He was gonna call the fuzz.
  • who couldn’t take no for an answer
  • unwilling to take no for an answer

META & CONTEXT

  • Is it a slang? No.
  • Can I use it in an email? Yes.
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? Yes.
  • Frequency? A lot

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/