Wednesday, January 26, 2011

영어 Hint of the Day #30: "The Jury is Still Out." What Jury?

The jury is still out is a very useful way of saying that no conclusion has yet been reached.
Perhaps the most direct translation would be "아직도 몰릅니다."  The key point is the word "yet."  It implies that the final answer has not yet been found and the outcome is uncertain.

In legal systems, trials are often determined by a jury.  When deliberating which side has won, the jury generally leaves the courtroom to debate the issues outside a courtroom.  They usually do not return until a final verdict is reached.  The saying "the jury is still out" originates from that situation.

(o)  Is Lee Myung-bak a great president?  Well, the jury is still out on that.
(o)  The jury is still out on whether or not she will fully realize her potential.

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