Of the expressions today, my favorites are:
- Number 2: Tree climbing
- Number 6: Farting Presidents
- Number 9: Proud Conservatives
- Number 10: Ajummas
#2: Tree climbing
Whenever I see something that tells me “You can’t” I immediately think “I will!” I like to surprise people. I like to work hard to accomplish my goals, and I don’t like anyone to tell me “Stop daydreaming.” Man would never have made it to the moon if we’d “stopped daydreaming.”
#6: Farting Presidents
It’s just interesting to see how other countries ridicule their politicians. I’ve seen enough of shoe-throwing at Bush, and Joker Obama.
#9: Proud Conservatives
While this idea is still true in many ways, I just wonder how often this expression is actually spoken. One of my friends recently posted this comment on Facebook:
Still used in more of a “don’t let your look exceed your grasp” meaning.
Here are 9 differences between (conservative) men and Korean women:
- Few women work in high government or public offices
- Mothers find it hard to go back to work – it’s hard to find an office job after having kids
- Men hate selling insurance – so most insurance sellers are ajummas
- Husbands focus primarily on work – often staying long hours in the office
- Wives are given the entirety of household duties – including most of the childrearing
- (Conservative) Men don’t enter the kitchen
- Women do all the cooking and dishes
- (Conservative) Fathers don’t go to parent-teacher conferences
- (Some conservative) men consider it below their dignity to carry a shopping basket
Of course, everybody loves the ajumma stereotypes. Perhaps you’ve heard about “Ajumma Power”? Be sure to show some love to the ajummas you meet today!
- Often a street vendor, restaurant worker, or middle-aged housewife
- Loud and bustling
- Wears mismatched clothes – especially baggy flower pants, little makeup, and a visor or towel wrapped around their heads
- Hard working and aggressive
- They carry goods on their heads
- Raucous and cuss out rude men
- Many from poor backgrounds – but eager to educate their own children
- Push and shove through a crowd to get priority seating
Which expression is your favorite? Or perhaps you’ve got a really interesting ajumma story. I always love to hear about those. Leave us a comment below with your story or opinion.