Month: May 2013

백마병 & 도끼병

If you watch Korean dramas, you’re probably already familiar with 왕자병 (“prince disease”) and 공주병 (“princess disease”) – words that basically describe obnoxiously entitled, often 싸가지 없는 youth (an excellent example is 이승기’s character in 찬란한 유산). 백마병 and 또기병 fall under a similar category of exasperating people to be around.  Any idea what they might mean? A prince usually rides 백마 (a white horse) while traveling or making ceremonial rounds through local villages, and the commoners bow and clap for the prince.  However, the horse, not knowing any better, prances and preens thinking all the attention is for itself.  It follows that 백마병 describes a condition in which a person always thinks another party is interested in them. 도끼병 describes the same type of person.  도끼 is “axe” which goes in hand with 찍다, meaning to chop (도끼로 찍다 = to chop with an axe).  However, in a colloquial way, the verb 찍다 can also take a person as topic or direct object and mean “to claim”, “to indicate”, “to name as one’s own”, “to have …

21 Questions

Shanna posted this today and I decided to give it a go too.  Currently dealing with a lot of blegh school- and health-related stuff so I haven’t been posting regularly, but I do have several half-written posts currently percolating in my Drafts.  But for now, here’s this. 1. Why Korean? I have a whole, rambling post dedicated to that.  I love language and of all the languages I’ve tried learning, Korean stuck with me. 2 . Daum or Naver (dictionary I mean)? Daum, baby. 3. First website that you visit everyday? Tumblr HEH HEH.  And Dramabeans. 4. Best thing that happened to you? (related to learning Korean) Meeting wonderful people who share my passion for language. 5. Ever regretted learning Korean? Not for a second. 6. Most common feedback/question you get when you say you are learning Korean? “Why Korean?” “How long have you been learning?” “Say something.” 7. First Korean food that comes to your mind? 떡볶이!  The first Korean dish I ever tried was 야채 비빔밥 at Tofu House, but I LOVE 떡볶이. …