The Chinese word of 형편 (situation) in Korean is 形便. Can anyone explain what 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning "situation"?
If we look at MoE's definition of 形便, we get:
Google Translate tell us this means:
Geographical situation is good and convenient
Basically you can think of 形便 as a mix of 形势 (situation) and 便利 (convenient).
Wiktionary also gives two English definitions:
advantages offered by terrain
convenient (because of the location)
So is "situation" in there? Yeah, but it's buried in 形.