정에 약하다 (have a weakness for affection)

정에 약하다 (have a weakness for affection) ( 큰 형님은 정에 참 약하셨다); 돌아가시다 (pass away); 12살 차이 (12 years apart); 체벌 (corporal punishment = spanking) 주다 (mete out); 눈물 글썽글썽 (eyes well up); 주저없이 (unreservedly); 보답 (return)

Years ago, being my oldest sibling, my eldest brother passed away. He and I (the second youngest sibling) were 12 years apart. He had a weakness for affection.

For example, the corporal punishment (hitting) he meted out to me was always accompanied by his two more steps: first enveloping me in his chest and arms, with his eyes welling up, and then treating me to pullppang (waffle-like bread) or other snacks. As our parents couldn’t afford to give us allowance, he usually traded rice for pullppang or other snacks, of course, without Mom’s knowledge. While craving pullppang or other snacks, in what might sound strange to others, I often inwardly even wanted him to hit me. So far I have never met face-to-face with his daughter-in-law, his son-in-law and his four grandchildren (in Grade 1 and kindergarten). All along I have been feeling obliged to do some favor to his grandchildren in a way thatreturns the affection he unreservedly bestowed on me, although frustratingly I have failed to act on the feeling year after year. © Chinhyon Kim


  • sibling = 형제자매
  • pass away = 돌아가시다
  • apart = 나이가 서로 ~ 차이 나다
  • have a weakness for ~ = ~에 약하다 (~을 뿌리치지 못하다) cf. have the weakness of ~ = ~라는 약점을 지니고 있다
  • corporal punishment, hitting = 체벌
  • mete ~ out = 벌을 주다
  • envelop ~ in ~ = ~을 ~으로 감싸다
  • eyes well up = 눈에 눈물이 글썽글썽하다
  • treat sb to sth = ~에게 ~으로 대접하다
  • allowance = 용돈
  • cannot afford to-inf. = ~할 형편/처지가 못되다
  • without Mon’s knowledge = 엄마 몰래
  • meet face-to-face with ~ = ~와 직접 만나다
  • all along = 처음부터 지금까지 항상
  • crave = ~을 갈구하다
  • feel obliged to-inf. = ~해야 한다는 책무를 느끼다
  • do some favor to sb = ~에게 호의를 베풀다
  • return ~ = ~을 보답하다
  • unreservedly = 아낌없이, 주저 없이
  • bestow ~ on sb = ~에게 ~을 베풀다
  • act on ~ = ~에 근거를 두고 행동하다, 실천하다
  • year after year = 해년마다

< weakness (have a weakness for ~) > Her marriage was rocky at times; the King has always had a weakness for nannies and other attractive women. But his latest illness seems to have brought them together. –Newsweek, February 8, 1999. p. 42 (an article titled “The Light of His Life”. Queen Noor and King Hussein) –요르단 왕 후세인은 하인들 및 다른 미녀들에게 매우 약했다 (“had a weakness for ~”). 하지만 그가 병으로 임종에 가까워졌을 때는 그 모든 여자들이 합심했다는 미국 시사주간지 Newsweek 지 내용이 있었다.

< weakness (have a weakness for ~): weakness = [in sing.] (a weakness for ~) a self-indulgent liking for … ex) He had a great weakness or Scotch whisky. > President Bush’s nominee to fill a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals has a weakness for companies that lie and hurt the little guy. – Adam Cohen. (2003, February 25). Deborah Cook is the typical Bush judicial nominee — so watch out. NYT -미국 부시 대통령에 의해 연방 법원 판사 후보로 지명된 자는 기업에 약하다 (“has a weakness for ~”). 그 기업들은 거짓말하고 중소기업, 소비자들에게 해를 끼치는 기업들이라는 내용의 기고문이 NYT에 실렸었다.

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