Thursday, July 21, 2005

The New Corea

The other day an English friend of mine who teaches in a university in Japan was talking about trends in foreign language popularity in Japan over the past few years. He noted that at the time the Iraq war began, there was a noticable decline in Japanese studying English and an increase in Japanese studying the Chinese language. However, when the Chinese went a little overboard over Japanese history books, Chinese language became less popular.

Finally, he noted that language institutes had a sharp increase in Korean language study lately, attributed to the popularity of Korean dramas.

Well, I have a feeling that trend has just about run its course as well. Occidentalism has a good post on how the Japanese media is picking up on anti-Japanese sentiment in Korea.

Nothing new for us expats in Korea, but scroll down to the bottom and hear what some Korean children are learning about Kim Jeong il.

Good2 "He [Kim Jong-il] is a good person!"

Unification “He is working hard for the unification of this country, so I think he is a good person”

If Kim Jeong il can just tough out the next decade or so, South Korea will be his for the taking.

On a different topic, here's a pic I swiped from the same site.


Not bad eh?

Well, for all of you who had nasty thoughts about this girl, I hereby proclaim you to be perverts. Why? She's only 11 years old, that's why.

Now get off my site. I will not be host to a pack of pedophiles.                                                                                          

Comments on original post

Holy Crap! no 11 year should look like that. And even if she really is 11 years old, where are her parents - if my daughter looks like that when she is 11, I'll be locking her up in a closet until she turns 18.... I certainly wouldn't be letting her do provocative photo shoots.

Posted by: EFL Geek | July 20, 2005 at 05:25 PM

Someone should let her know it's not okay to grow breasts yet.

Posted by: Joel | July 20, 2005 at 05:28 PM


I googled till my fingers cramped and everything I found says that she's indeed 11, but I'm still having a hard time believing she's that young.
As for the remarks made by those students...not really that surprising.

Posted by: Nomad | July 20, 2005 at 07:57 PM

"I googled till my fingers cramped" Uh, so did I...I didn't know she was 11, officer!

Posted by: Brad Spit | July 20, 2005 at 11:23 PM

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

Posted by: Yabl | July 25, 2005 at 07:31 PM

I miss sarcasm and half naked minors. Bring it back!

Posted by: Joel | August 16, 2005 at 08:24 PM

Hi sweet cheeks! I'm just getting a bit concerned that you haven't blogged for so long - I'm missing your sexy scribble......
Love ya
Leone xxx

Posted by: Leone | August 18, 2005 at 08:13 AM

This sure is one hell of a long vacation (?) you're on. Get your ass back here and blog, damn it!

Posted by: Nomad | August 28, 2005 at 01:45 AM

Senor Pooper, donde esta?

Posted by: Vicente Fox | August 30, 2005 at 04:23 AM

Honourable Pooper,

Far too long between posts.

Posted by: kimchipig | September 05, 2005 at 09:55 AM

Wo ist Herr Pooper?

Posted by: Gerhard Schroeder | September 05, 2005 at 06:49 PM

Two things. First, you are correct the South Korean youth are like baby seals waiting to be clubbed. Second, if the South Korean youth all look like that girl in the bikini they must be doing something right! Must be in the kimchi!

Posted by: Mike | October 08, 2005 at 11:40 PM

The "Corea" spelling is a red herring:

And that video was focusing on Chonkyojo teachers, a union outlawed until very recently and a group opposed by most Koreans, including most teachers.

Posted by: kushibo | October 24, 2005 at 02:20 AM

thoese captions are in JAPANESE. Surely it says 'II hito desuyo.' BUT, where's the evidence that this is about Kim Jung Il?? How much knowledge about Korea do you actually have?? South Korean kids will NEVER be taught that, and you wouldn't even see anything from North Korean tv from the first place, they are a strict communist country!! When the media refers to 'Korea' without mentioning whether its south or north, it's ALWAYS SOUTH KOREA.

Also please don't make such disgusting and ignorant statements like 'If Kim Jeong il can just tough out the next decade or so, South Korea will be his for the taking.' as a JOKE. You are truly one messed up man. Don't even dare to act sarcastic to that, you should be ashamed.

Posted by: omg | November 15, 2006 at 05:48 AM

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Asiana Strike Day 5

The Asiana pilot strike continues with both sides nowhere nearer an agreement. 3,000 hospital workers are also going on strike, but since I'm not sick I'll just ignore that story.

Here's the latest news I found in the Korea Times. To reflect my heightened state of raginess, I will print my commentary in red.

Since they went into the strike on 12 a.m. Sunday, the pilots have been demanding a total of 78 measures including a cut in flight hours from 1,200 hours per year to 1,000 hours, the extension of the retirement age to 58 from the current 55 and guarantee of 120 holidays in a year.

1,200 hours/year works out to a 25 hour work week (Hah! Didn't even need a calculator for that one!). That's bullshit. Especially considering that most of the time they are in the air they just take turns with the co-pilot flirting with flight attendants and napping.

Now they want to reduce it to...shit, let me get my calculator...ok about 21 hours/week. What other high paid professionals get off working such few hours?

120 holidays a year? Who the hell do they think they are? English language professors in Korean universities?

However, as the public outcry against some of their claims like scrapping of alcohol and drug tests for pilots are growing, the union said it would come to the negotiation table in more flexible stance on 58 issues.

Scrapping alcohol and drug tests? WTF?!?

Does anybody know where I can get more details on these rest of these 58 (fifty-fuggin--eight!) other issues on which the union just maybe might become more flexible?

Here's more from an editorial in the Korea Herald.

A case in point is the union of Asiana pilots. The public is not misguided when it believes that pilots, one of the highest paid groups, are the last to stage a strike. Indeed, a copilot placed on the payroll after two years of training is paid as much as 83.3 million won a year.

That's over 80 grand US.

But if they are as conscious of passenger safety as they claim, how can they demand an end to pre-flight drug and alcohol tests? They also impudently demand that a copilot applying for promotion to the post of pilot be exempted from a test of English proficiency, which Asiana rightly says is necessary for communications with air-traffic controllers.

Great. Future pilots may not be able to understand directions from air-traffic controllers around the world. Criminal.

Come on Roh, spank these crybabies. During the the next meeting with union officials, bring a special group of black-garbed, baton-wielding negotiators prepared with 78 specific responses to all of their 78 requests, each response beginning with the word WHACK! Finish by telling them the only thing they are going to get is an extra bag of peanuts during trans-Pacific flights.

And then after negotiations end, the Union heads can be rushed off to the nearest hospital where they can properly reflect on the responses of the Airline negotiators, only to find the doors of the hospital are closed because 3,000+ other professionals are too selfish to do their damn jobs.

That, my friends, would be justice.

Comments from original post

I blame you for flying with Asiana. :)

Posted by: Joel | July 20, 2005 at 07:28 AM

Remind me to never fly asiana. No pre-flight drug or alcohol tests - that's just nuts. So basically the pilots want the right to endanger hundreds of lives. That's just fucked up.

Posted by: EFL Geek | July 20, 2005 at 05:26 PM

They will get everything they want and more.

Posted by: kimchipig | July 23, 2005 at 09:55 AM

I like the idea of the baton-wielding guys in black; that's just classic. I remember when Reagan fired the Air-contollers in the U.S. when they went on strike. The U.S. has pilots going to prison for F.W.I.(Flying While Intoxicated) convictions, they should start that with Asiana. That would be a great wake-up call for those greedy so-and-so's. :D

Posted by: Jenifer D. | July 25, 2005 at 12:26 AM

You've left out another classic Asian strikers demand:

"We demand that our foreign co-worker pilots be fired"

No kidding! Yessir, that's some real classic union solidarity there - fire those bignoses whose sobriety might make us feel guilty when we enter the cockpit half-soju'd after the strike...

Posted by: Hugh | August 08, 2005 at 06:15 PM

Flying hours are block hours. Duty time would work out much much more. 1,000 hours is way too high considering the ungodly hours/time zones/curtailed rest pilots have to work. Even 800 are way too much.
Random alcohol/drugs tests are ok but daily checks? Are these pilots a bunch of immature school kids not to be trusted one inch? If they are then they shouldn't be flying in the first place......even as passengers!
Extremely costly to train pilots. Shouldn't their salary reflect this. Consider also 6 monthly medicals, where a pilot could be grounded permanently. Sheesh it's OK to pay mega bucks to Tiger Schumacher, but shouldn't a guy reponsable for 500 lives earn a wee bit more than your friendly lawyer? And when was doc last hijacked/shot/blown up?
Foreign pilots=strike breakers? Figger it out for yesself.

Posted by: Jim | August 08, 2005 at 11:32 PM

I have flown Asiana Airlines twice, and will be flying them a third time in Feb to Bangkok, they are an extreemly safe, and professional airline, I would never hesitate to fly with them.

Why do Americans allways get involved in foriegn politics, when they have no bussiness doing so?

Posted by: Brent Hendricks | December 28, 2005 at 04:45 PM

Hi Brent,

Address any of the issues I brought up in the post and we'll have a nice discussion. Read my other post on the demands of Asiana pilots and tell me which you agree with.

The final sentence didn't make much sense. I'm just a guy bitching about things on a blog (look around, people from every nationality in this great world of ours are doing it as well). If you were aware of this whole issue, you'd realize that the majority of Koreans feel the same way I do, so could you clarify how this boils down to my nationality? I suppose you have some sort of obsession with America or inferiority complex and you just couldn't help but try to squeeze in some anti-Americanism. But anyway, I guess that's your problem to work out and I shouldn't interfere in your business. :)

Posted by: partypooper | December 31, 2005 at 03:02 AM

Sunday, July 17, 2005

The relationship between the asses of Asiana pilots and my steel-toed work boots

Asiana Airline pilots have decided to go on strike.

Now normally I don't give a flying fook when selfish union workers in Korea go on strike (a yearly event for most unions). Hey, you want to cripple your country's economy just so you can get a little bit of extra drinking money then that's your business. However, this time I have a flight out of here on Asiana Airlines next week so I AM NOT FINDING THIS FUNNY AT ALL!

And what are they striking for, pray tell? From a Korea Times Editiorial a while back:

Let’s take a look at the demands of the unionized pilots of Asiana Airlines. Basically, they are asking for better working conditions and greater job security. But among their demands were ``14 free round air tickets to our families staying abroad for study or other purposes for a year,’’ and ``provide four golf clubs or more at hotels we lodge at abroad.’’

First, what is up with 14 free round air tickets? How many snot-nosed brats does the average pilot have studying abroad? Let's be generous and say 2. Now let's say these spoiled little shits want to come home twice a year during the school breaks. Get out me trusty calculator...ok. I got 4 round trip tickets. Let's throw in two for the mother (though in all likelihood she is living there with the kid(s) anyway) and that makes...7. No wait, 6. Now lets throw one in for grandmother because when they leave her alone at the house she runs up the heating bill and now we have 7.

What the hell are the other 7 free tickets for? Are they flying over the entire extended family every year?

R3557410991_1 'How dare you deny my second cousin's entire family and poodle from flying to the US at least once a year! It is inhumane to force the people we love to stay in this country! And besides, my younger sister is about to give birth and...well, you know.'

[Pain, Kick, Mangle, Crush....]

And what the hell is this? 'Four golf clubs or more at hotels we lodge at abroad'? Someone please tell me they mangled up the English in that sentence cause that just doesn't make sense. But anyway, obviously they are bitching about not being able to play golf as conveniently as they'd like. Boo Fucking Hoo. How do they keep a straight face when demanding that? Why stop there? Why not demand huge bar tabs and free big boobed call girls at every hotel they 'lodge at'? God I feel like running over to that demo right now and kicking some doughy flyboy ass.

Cap 'How dare the capitalist fat cats deny us our rights to play at the best golf courses whenever we want! Just last week I had to suffer the indignity of taking a taxi across town in Orlando to play golf. And then I had to wait 20 minutes before I could even tee off! My whole afternoon was ruined! How can Asiana force us to work in these inhuman conditions!'

Um, yes. Good point. May I ask a question? How good are you flying a plane WITH ALL OF YOUR GOLF CLUBS WEDGED TWO FEET UP YOUR ASS!!!!

Hurt, Stomp, Throttle, Gouge...

Come Wednesday, if there is no resolution to the strike, here is the only kind of pictures I want to see. If my pilot isn't sporting a nice shiner then I'll be very disappointed.


S20korea20labor20c Cannon1

Friday, July 15, 2005

Flights of Fancy

Men Who I Want to Date And Men Who I Want to Marry
by Anonymous - translated by Hyun-hee Kim

[I can't remember where I found this. I'm trying hard to find the motivation to look up and properly note the source, but so far I haven't had any luck. Anyway, it's a sweet little piece of prose, and like most people who read it I should just leave it be, but I just couldn't help myself and added some completely uncalled for snarky comments. I realize I have a problem, and one of these days I really hope to care enough to actually do something about it.]

I want to date a man who doesn’t suck up to his boss and leaves the office when he finishes his work for the day. However, I would like to marry a man who silently does his job even if he doesn’t get along with his boss or dislikes it because he is responsible and serious about his career.

['Serious about his career', by the way, means 'serious about keeping me in shopping sprees and designer shoes'.

But anyway, she'll probably end up marrying a guy who hates his boss and job with a passion and will turn to drinking and taking out his frustration on her and the children. Viva la tradicion!]

I want to date a man who goes to the concert all dressed up and is very knowledgeable about classical music. After the concert he tells me that his heart was beating while he listened to certain parts. [girls really fall for this kind of shit?] However, I would like to marry a man who goes to a concert with semi-casual clothes and shyly asks me how he looks. And after the concert he tells me that he wants to listen to classical music more often even though he doesn’t know much about it. Then he asks me to go to a concert again next time.

[But by 'next time' what he really means is 'next lifetime' when he is reborn as a woman or a hopelessly dull snob]

I want to have a date with a man who takes me to a fancy restaurant with romantic candles, orders me food that I am not familiar with [quite a passive little doe, isn't she?]and eats in a very sophisticated manner. However, I would like to marry a man who takes me to the country and tells me that it is healthy to get out of city and buys me some typical Korean food.

[But she'll end up marrying a man who says, 'Go out? That shit costs money! Besides, I already went out to eat three times this week with my coworkers.']

I want to date a man who goes to dance clubs wearing tight jeans and a white shirt, enjoys all the attention from girls, knows how to dance well and asks me to slow dance at the end. However, I want to marry a man who comes to a dance club with his friends, dances poorly, but confidently and asks me to slow dance a little awkwardly.

[But she'll end up marrying a man who saves all his dancing for girls half his age at the dallanjujum nearest his office]

I want to date a man who doesn’t look at beautiful woman passing by, but if I ask about a beautiful woman then he answers naturally that I am much prettier than her. However, I would like to marry a man who looks at pretty woman passing by, tells me that she is pretty but he likes me the best.

[But she'll end up marrying a man who looks at pretty women passing by, then looks at her and says, 'Wow, you've really lost your figure since having our second baby.' ]

I want to date a man who recognizes right away my little changes and says something like “ You changed your lipstick color today. Your lips are really shining today”. However, I would like to marry a man who shyly says at the end of our date, “ This dress looks good on you. You look especially pretty today”.

[But she'll end up marrying a man who notices here new dress and grumbles, 'How much did THAT cost?']

I want to date a man who touched my hair or shoulder while he is driving. However, I would like to marry a man who holds my hand while changing gears.

[She'll end up marrying a man who slaps her hand whenever she tries to turn on the air conditioning or change the CD]

I want to date a man who rubs my back when he hugs me. However, I want to marry a man who holds me so tight that it almost hurts.

[Honey, if your husband still touches you at all after 5 years of marriage, consider yourself lucky]

I want to date a man who goes to a fitness club to have a nice body on weekends and gets a professional massage with his friends when he is sore.

However, I would like to marry a man who plays soccer, basketball or tennis with his friends and then throws a barbecue party on weekends even when he is tired.

[...and then gets drunk as hell, complains that his children are all unappreciative spoiled brats, hits on the neighbor's wife in front of everyone, gets in a fist fight with said neighbor's husband, and passes out in a puddle of his own vommit. But at least the police didn't come this time!]

When I say I want to get drunk tonight I want to date a man who says “ I will be with you and watch you when you drink.” However, I want to marry a man who says “ Okay, let’s get dead drunk together.

[But she'll end up getting a married to a man who does enough 'getting dead drunk' for both of them and then some.]

I want to date a man who comes to sit next to me when I get drunk. However, I would like to marry a man who puts water in front of me without asking when I am drunk.

[But she'll end up getting married to a man who tells her that she should be good a mother and not drink like some common bar girl whore]

I want to date a man who drives me home when I get drunk and puts my head on his shoulder in the car. However, I want to marry a man who drives me to my house when I get drunk then before taking me inside holds my hand carefully and gazes out the window of the car.

More drunk boyfriend/husband talk? Man, this really was written in Korea. I'm running out of drunk Korean men stereotypes, so I'll just finish with this: She'll end up marrying a man who, being drunk himself while driving the car, curses the entire ride home about her spending habits and how she isn't raising their children as well as his mother did, mistakenly calls her the name of his neighbor's wife repeatedly, and finally pukes all over the dashboard and passes out as the car veers into a concrete telephone pole.

Korean women everywhere, keep dreaming of the perfect husband and life as promised by all the Korean credit card commercials. Here's to beating the odds...

Comments from original post

Could it be here: ?
Charlie, The KimcheeGI

Posted by: KimcheeGI | July 16, 2005 at 06:13 PM

"...finally pukes all over the dashboard and passes out as the car veers into a concrete telephone pole."

It’s strange how this just happened to my friend's father.

Of course you neglected to add, "Soil yourself, fall out of the car door and lay in the street all night long in your puddle of urine and vomit. Then your family is rudely awoken by calls from police telling them to come and scrape your rotten worthless ass off the street much to their own embarrassment."

That would be a more accurate description of what happened.

Posted by: Joel | July 16, 2005 at 10:07 PM

Who's gonna write the one about the 'woman they'd like to marry,' then have some sarcastic woman tear it apart? Nicht ich.

Posted by: Richardson | July 17, 2005 at 05:28 AM

She's looking for Yonsama, but will wind up marrying Moon Hee-sang:

Posted by: Michael | July 18, 2005 at 12:35 AM

They say we end up being with the person that annoys us the most. Or maybe I've heard this only from bitter wives and husbands. The truth is, we have a choice as to who we'd want to be with. Your quest for Mr. Right may not be as smooth as you would like it to be, but you'll eventualy find him (if he doesn't find you first). Our Mr. Right is not perfect; he will have flaws but in the end, it's the mutual admiration and adoration that you will make you realize that he's the one for you.

Posted by: jeanne | October 24, 2005 at 04:27 AM

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Random Splats

Lost Nomad, clearly among the top Bloggers in Korea these days (must be the pictures of fish), had a beat on the 40+ Koreans who threw a tantrum in Hong Kong. Gi Korea has some good commentary on it as well. It was with no small satisfaction to me that the flight took off without the crybabies and the airline (at least thus far) is refusing to reward their boorish behaviour. Would have been nice to see it and give a Nelson (of the Simpson's) 'ha-ha' as the plane flew away without them.

A few points that I haven't already heard from others commenting on the issue.

1. There were 308 passengers on the plane altogether. Other than the 44 crybabies, we don't know how many more passengers were Korean. Isn't it possible that the majority of the Koreans just boarded the plane without complaint?

2. Score one for the Korea media by reporting the Koreans' behaviour in a negative light (as they should have). This group made an ass of its collective self and a Korean newspaper called them on it. I don't suspect many Koreans will try to defend that group's actions (though it would be interesting to see what would have happened in an Japanese airport). People do dumb-ass things all the time, individually and collectively. It's the way the media and society react to it that is most important in my book (though other English language outlets in Korea seem to have ignored the story).

3. Is it just me, or do 'Ugly Koreans' only seem to show up in countries that Koreans might deem as equals or inferior? We hear a lot of stories about ugly Koreans in the Phillipines, for example, but I can't recall hearing any in Europe or North America.

udda stuff...

The Big Hominid (who is somewhat big and does seem to be of an erect bipedal nature)  gets an angry email from one 'Bill Pickford,' just about the same time Lost Nomad (who seems neither lost nor particularly nomadic, by the by) has an angry commenter by the name of 'William'. One in the same? Or just a coincidence that is most unfortunate for 'Williams' everywhere who are NOT morons?

Sejong over at Dog stew has a good update on all that yummy progress North Korea has made since the Korean Summit of 2000. (Oops! I should have said 'progress North AND South Korea have made', I always forget!)  I left a comment (poor guy doesn't get many these days) giving appropriate praise.

Ensor200507142013130spo300 Here is Ha Seung-jin of the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA Summer League (he's out with an injury).

Is that a regulation sized basketball? Damn that boy is big.


I've said it before and I'll say it again, Ha is going to be the next Sean Bradley of the NBA. Be warned...

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Konglish Slogans


A happy fun article on korea company inadequate using English of.

These companies need professional help and since they are obviously too cheap to get it, I hereby volunteer my services with the following proposed changes.

KTF--Have a good time!       

Ed90beb55873c34f011f303676e931afShould be commended for at least forming an intelligible sentence. However, the slogan is irrelevant to the product and just comes across as silly.   Proposed change:

KTF--Love you long time!

This creates very endearing, nostalgic images of Asia that are still cherished by many in the West.

KB: Think Star                                

[Completely meaningless. I suggest the following change:

KB: Think Deathstar

Kangaxe_19 A powerful symbol of strength and authority. People will definitely think twice before skipping out on college loans from a bank with this slogan. This picture almost works with the new slogan as is, though it would be better if they had their stormtrooper riot gear on.

SBS Humanism through Digital       

Barf. Someone please tell me the marketing team didn't spend over 2 weeks and God only knows how many man hours coming up with this nonsense. Suggested change:

SBS: Oh the Humanism!

The ad should be complete with the SBS blimp going down in flames (they do have a blimp, don't they?). Would be very symbolic of what the Korean media is doing to the country.

Seoul Milk: Milk itself                    

As noted in the article, strange images arise if you consider 'milk' as a verb. Why not just go directly to these slogans:

Asian5 Seoul Milk: Milk Me!

[Cue Beavis and Butthead chuckling here]

Gotmilk_nellyFor the women (and Leone over at Mincing), Nelly could do the advertising with just a slight change of wording to the slogan:

Seoul Milk: Milk This!

"But Mr. Partypooper," the Korean ad execs say, "milk does not come from man."

"Uh, yeah. It's one of them metaphor thingies. Trust me on this one" I reply with a sagely grin.

[Check here for some other interesting milk ads I stumbled across. The second and third are ok, but the first one I found a little disturbing. Another cute picture to amuse the immature.]

KT&G: Korea Tomorrow and Global          


How about this?

FD&C: Feast, Domain and Context

I choose these three words by opening the dictionary to three random pages. I don't think I did that much worse that the original.

Some other Korean company slogans from the recent past that could use a little changing:

Change the morning                    

[Change your English editor]

Get a success!                           

[Get a clue!]

And my all-time favorite:


Wevejeanne10 Ah yes, that meaningless, unfinished sentence that passes itself off as a name for apartment building complexes. Doesn't this just make you want to grab the Korean ad execs by the throat and scream:  "We've WHAT! What the hell have you people done! Finish the damn sentence!"

I think the Korean equivalent of this kind of nonsensical grammar fragment would be a slogan like: 갰다!

Yeah, I like that. Maybe that could the official slogan for this blog?

The Party Pooper: 갰다!

Other ideas for Konglish slogans for me bloog:

The Party Pooper: 10 Thousand Years! (guess the literal translation from Korean)

The Party Pooper: Dynamic Know-How of Blog!

The Party Pooper: The World's Greatest Aspirin [wait, that dumb-ass name has already been taken]

The Party Pooper: Digital Well-being! [The trendy Konglish phrase of the year]

The Party Pooper: Be the Bitchy Expats

I love them all. Maybe I should just rotate them.

Comments from original post

Great post, Scott...deserves to go into the PP hall of fame.

Posted by: Nomad | July 09, 2005 at 03:50 PM

Welcome to your new cyber happy!

Party Pooper long collegiate!

Korea juice celestial runs!

Samsung Noble Valence Tech

Naver: Think the bigger nova!



Posted by: Kevin Kim | July 10, 2005 at 03:59 AM

Oh, yeah-- almost forgot:

Fondle your pink dreams!

Never sweat hanky up again!

Dollop in of country!

No dog can't but love the snarl flavor!


Posted by: Kevin Kim | July 10, 2005 at 04:02 AM

Haha Kevin. You're in the wrong business - instead of teaching, you should be designing t-shirts and catchy slogans. I can imagine the looks on tourist's faces upon arriving in Incheon and seeing a huge banner proclaiming "Welcome to Korea - fondle your pink dreams!"

Posted by: Nomad | July 10, 2005 at 08:55 PM

How about the company names that just repeat the same word twice, like "Bread & Bread"? WTF? And have you seen the "We've Pavilion" downtown? WTWTF??? But it's more than a little ironic that the Korea Times is pointing out improper English use.

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Posted by: Michael | July 10, 2005 at 10:12 PM

Milk This? Thank you for thinking of me but don't flatter yourself sweetheart - ha ha.

Posted by: Leone | July 10, 2005 at 10:55 PM

Just so you know, KT&G's new name/slogan is a way to cover up the original name of the company--Korea Tobacco & Ginseng.

Posted by: FYI | July 11, 2005 at 06:06 AM

Big Ho--your Konglish Kung-fu is indeed mighty. 'Welcome to your new cyber happy' is my favorite, by the by, followed closely by 'It'll'

Michael--forgot about the word repetition. There's a 'Donut and Donut' shop where I used to live. It was a great place to go if you ever needed a donut. They also sold donuts, by the way.

Leone--if I don't flatter myself, who will? almost makes sense now. Thanks for the info.

Posted by: partypooper | July 12, 2005 at 11:47 AM

The Party Pooper: 18! (ship pal)

Posted by: phrawgh | July 26, 2005 at 07:57 PM

Whilst on a day out yesterday I noticed a kids t-shirt for sale in a local market. It depicted a happy looking cartoon dog with "Doggy Style" emblazoned across it...........only in Korea!

Posted by: Leone | July 30, 2005 at 08:09 PM