I have learned what will always and ever be my favorite proverb, and it is in Korean:

언 발에 오줌 누기 – Taking a piss on a frozen foot.

The meaning is perverse and hilarious – it refers to a very temporary relief from a problem, with a hint at the situation worsening subsequently. In English, we might say “That’s just putting a bandaid over it.”


For language geeks, 언 = 얼 (freeze) + 은 (past adjective-making particle) 발(foot) + 에 (locative particle) 오줌 (pee) 누(take) + 기 (makes a verb into noun)



No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: