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US Politics and English

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Election, Votes

  • Boss, Machine
  • Elector
  • Electoral votes
  • National convention
  • Popular votes
  • Unit rule system



  • Uncle Sam = United States

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March 24, 2020 at 12:26 pm

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Virus and English

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  • Close down non-essential businesses
  • Containment
  • Death toll 사망자
  • Economic impact of the coronavirus
  • Epicenter
  • Epidemic / Pandemic
  • Infected with the coronavirus
  • Outbreak
    • Coronavirus outbreak
  • Shut down schools / Extend school closures
  • Sickened with COVID-19
  • Spread of the coronavirus
  • Test positive for coronavirus
  • Widening of Coronavirus



  • Ban public gatherings
  • Community spread
  • Contagious
  • Containment
  • Cut virus risk
  • Exposed to the virus
  • Hand sanitizer / Hand washing
  • Hospital beds
  • Lockdown
  • Lock themselves in their homes / Stay indoors / Stay home
  • N95 particulate filtering facepiece respirator / Face mask
  • Protective mask
  • Quarantine
  • Safety concerns
  • School shutdown
  • Self-isolation
  • Social distancing
  • Stuck indoors
  • Tested positive
  • Travel
    • Travel history
    • Travel ban / travel imitation / travel restrictions / travel warnings
  • Undetected
  • Viral
    • Viral RNA

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March 21, 2020 at 11:24 pm

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Word of the Year by Merriam-Webster

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Merriam-Webster는 매년 올 해의 단어 Word of the Year 를 발표한다. 조회수를 기준으로 하며, Trend를 반영한다.


  • 2015: -ism
  • 2016: Surreal
  • 2017: Feminism
  • 2018: Justice
  • 2019: They


They (2019)

영어를 처음 배웠을 때부터 최근까지 3인칭 복수 대명사로 사용해 왔던 ‘They’. 이제는 남성과 여성을 특정하지 않고 누군가를 부르고 싶을 때 사용할 수 있다. 사회의 변화에 언어가 따라가지 않을 수 없다.


used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary

‘they’, Dictionary by Merriam-Webster


‘Impeach’ 역시 빠질 수 없다. 대통령이 세 번째 탄핵 심판을 받게 되었기 때문이다.

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January 5, 2020 at 12:11 pm

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History and English

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  • Collapse of the Berlin Wall



  • Homo Erectus
  • Homo Sapiens

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December 27, 2019 at 11:12 pm

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Family and English

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  • Family gatherings


Marry / Divorce

  • Arranged marriage 중매 결혼
  • Estranged husband / wife 별거 중인 남편 / 아내
  • Marriage has been dissolved.



  • Maternal
    • Maternal / Paternal grandfather
    • Maternal leave



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December 27, 2019 at 11:09 pm

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English Proverbs

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가는 말이 고와야 오는 말이 곱다    You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.

공부만 하고 놀지 않으면 바보가 된다.            All work and no play makes jack a dull boy.

공자 앞에서 문자 쓴다.       To teach a fish how to swim

급할수록 돌아가라.               “Haste makes waste.

More haste less speed.”

깊은 물이 잔잔히 흐른다.   Still waters run deep.

남의 떡이 더 커 보인다.     The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

낮말은 새가 듣고 밤말은 쥐가 듣는다.            Walls have ears.

누워서 떡 먹기     It’s a piece of cake.

미꾸라지 한 마리가 온 웅덩이를 흐린다.        One rotten apple spoils the barrel.

빈 수레가 요란하다.             “A barking dog never bites.

Empty vessels make the most sound.”

솜씨 없는 일꾼 연장만 나무란다      A bad workman always blames his tools.

연습은 완전함을 만든다.     Practice makes perfect.

원숭이도 나무에서 떨어질 때가 있다.              Even Homer nods.

일석이조(一石二鳥)                Kill two birds with one stone.

티끌 모아 태산     Little drops of water make the mighty ocean.

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November 25, 2019 at 12:45 am

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Urban Dictionary

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이제 Urban Dictionary 없이는 영어 공부를 하기 힘들 정도다.

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November 16, 2019 at 12:12 am

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