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Open (up) a can of worms


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오늘의 영어 표현은 open (up) a can of worms입니다.

What does it mean to open (up) a can of worms? Let’s find out, but first we will listen to today’s conversation. 잘 들어보세요.

Open (up) a can of worms

Jen: Hey is something wrong? You seem a little down?

Jason: Well, I haven’t been in good terms with my father recently and I said something to him during our family dinner that I shouldn’t have. Now I’ve opened up a can of worms and there are more problems between us!

Jen: Oh my!

제가 Jason에게 “Hey is something wrong? You seem a little down. 무슨 일 있니? 기분이 좀 안 좋아 보여.”라고 하자 Jason이 “Well, I haven’t been in good terms with my father recently and I said something to him during our family dinner that I shouldn’t have. 요즘 우리 아버지와 관계가 안 좋은 데다가, 어제는 가족이랑 저녁을 먹다가 아버지께 드려서는 안 될 말씀을 드렸어. Now I’ve opened up a can of worms and there are more problems between us! 내가 상황을 더 안 좋게 만든 거야. 이제 어떻게 하면 좋을까 모르겠다.” 라고 하더라고요. Keep today’s phrase ‘open (up) a can of worms’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation again. 그럼 다시 한번 대화를 들어볼까요?

Open (up) a can of worms

Jen: Hey is something wrong? You seem a little down?

Jason: Well, I haven’t been in good terms with my father recently and I said something to him during our family dinner that I shouldn’t have. Now I’ve opened up a can of worms and there are more problems between us!

Jen: Oh my!

오늘 영어표현은 open (up) a can of worms입니다. A can of worm means that something is complicated, unpleasant and difficult to deal with. So if you open up a can of worms, you are definitely causing more trouble and creating unpleasant situations. Worm은 ‘벌레, 기생충’ 이라는 뜻이고 open (up) a can of worms는 ‘벌레들이 들어있는 깡통을 열다’라는 뜻입니다. 한번 상상해보세요. 깡통을 열었는데 그 안에서 갑자기 벌레들이 우글거리며 뚜껑 위로 올라온다면 얼마나 끔찍하겠어요? 바로 그런 걸 빗대서 만든 표현입니다. 그러니까 open (up) a can of worms는 상황을 복잡하고 다루기 힘들게 만든다는 뜻입니다Now let’s listen to the conversation for the last time.

Open (up) a can of worms

Jen: Hey is something wrong? You seem a little down?

Jason: Well, I haven’t been in good terms with my father recently and I said something to him during our family dinner that I shouldn’t have. Now I’ve opened up a can of worms and there are more problems between us!

Jen: Oh my!

Let’s review. If someone opens up a can of worms, they are creating trouble or an unpleasant situation. Try using the phrase on your own and let me know if you need any help! 그럼 다음 시간에 다시 뵙겠습니다. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Bye Bye!

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