baseball, poetry, and kim chi

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

on the korean language in the LA times

Dangshin is the formal you, but it can be misconstrued if used carelessly.
When a smiling wife calls her husband dangshin and snuggles up to him, it is a
term of endearment.

"But use it with a stranger," Suhr said, "and it becomes a 'fighting word.'
" (Think of the classic New Yorkism, "What are you looking at?")

from the LA Times


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