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a story of eight . 팔 vs. 폴

One thing I forgot to mention about visiting the Ku family last month is that I was wearing a new shirt at the time. By itself this is nothing too significant, but it did result in an unexpected reaction that afternoon. My shirt was a brown, orange, and white polo with a map of Spain and the words "Viva España" embroidered over the left breast, plus "ocho" and an arabic numeral eight (8) printed on the back. When Kyo Wook saw the reverse side of my shirt he started laughing and called his sister over to have a look. Jung Ah thought it was hilarious as well, which was also a sentiment shared by their mother when she saw it later.

I was a little confused over the source of their merriment, but Mrs. Ku cleared away the mystery when she pointed out that my name was on the back of my shirt. I knew from talking with Jung Ah in the past that the number eight in Sino-Korean (팔) is pronounced almost exactly the same as the name Paul (폴), but hadn't made the connection in relation to the polo. How fitting?


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Jul. 21st, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
That's so cute of them! I don't think I ever would have made that connection, just looking at the number "8." That's so cute how their precious Korean minds work. ^^
Jul. 21st, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
I don't know that I would call them 'precious' for drawing a connection between two words from different languages that sound the same. I do the same thing myself. =|
Jul. 22nd, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
I just think everything Koreans do is precious. ^^;
Jul. 22nd, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
If a Korean man beats his wife is that precious, too?
I don't mean to be a jerk, but you make it sound like they're completely different from everyone else living on the planet.
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
I think you took my comment too literally. Korea just has a special place in my heart, as do its people. I never said anything remotely similar to approving of spousal abuse.
Aug. 3rd, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Sorry; I didn't realize you meant "everything Koreans do is precious" in a more restricted sense. However, I hope you can see how it would lead to my question concerning spousal abuse - as it is something that some Korean men do, and thus falls under the wider definition of the word.
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