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BEST PROVERB IN THE WORLD

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)

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