Friday, May 2, 2008

Koala Konglish?

According to Wikipedia, Konglish is the use of English words (or words derived from English words) in a Korean context. I think that the description on this packet of a kind of pastry qualifies as such (you will probably have to click on the photo to go to the larger image to see the words clearly).

As an Australian, I find the reference to the koala highly amusing. A former Minister for Tourism in the Australian Government, Mr John Brown, once described the Koala as "a piddling, stinking creature that wees on you". Certainly not the image I'd like to have as I am about to chow down on a Choco Bong!

7 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

My, Mr. Brown's description certainly puts a fine point on the situation.

Anonymous said...

Hi!

I just want to thank you for your blog. We're adopting a little girl who was born in Seoul, and your blog has been really great for us...every day we get to see a little bit of where she is, what the weather was like for her...it helps us feel closer to her. Thank you!

By chance, do you have any photos from Seoul for September 5th of last year? That's her birthday, and I'd love to be able to show her a picture of her city, any part of it, on the day she was born.

Thanks for what you're doing! It's so much fun to log in every day and see your new photos, and I liked your old blog, too. :)

E in Milwaukee

Kris McCracken said...

So how do you smoke one of these 'Choco Bongs'? ;)

I've got to say, I've never really thought of a koala as a particularly 'optimistic' creature, although I clearly have more time for them then John Brown.

Phil_O'Logus said...

Dear Anonymous, Thanks for the feedback. I will check my files at home and see if I have a photo taken on 5 Sept 07. All the best with the adoption. Koreans are wonderful folks and the kids are gorgeous. Are you going to learn Korean? My wife was learning Korean in a class back in Australia largely made up of people who had adopted, or were in the process of adopting, Korean children. They wanted the kids to retain some of the culture of their birth country. Cheers...

Phil_O'Logus said...

Kris, I wondered the same about the "bong". Given JB's comments, I'd hate run into a pessimistic Koala!! Cheers...

Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks!

Yes, we are learning beginning phrases in Korean. We want to do our best at preserving a connection to her culture...and luckily there is a well-organized group of Korean-Americans in our community who can provide some guidance for us.

Thanks for looking through your files. From what I can tell it was a pretty rainy day, so probably not the best for great photos. Anything would be great, though!

Is there a way to get my email address to you without posting it publicly? Just in case you find photos?

Again, thanks!

E in Milwaukee

Phil_O'Logus said...

Dear Anonymous, I'm sorry, the best I can do (according to the dates based on the photo files) is 4 Sept 07. I have an e-mail link under the visitor location map on the pane on the right, should you wish to e-mail me direct. Cheers...