May 25, 2014
Don’t front, these English slang flashcards are fresh-to-death, son. In case you haven’t seen the lunacy that is the Knock Knock deck of Slang Flashcards, here’s what they look like:
Each card covers a word or phrase and is accompanied by an amazing line drawing of Pleasantville residents busting out ’90s-era slang. The expressions aren’t as cutting edge as, say, ratchet or basic, but they were just outdated enough to stump Soo Zee. I think we covered them pretty well in the video, no? The Korean words were a bit trickier, mostly because some of the example sentences and synonyms listed were a little odd. Let’s recap.
If you rob someone you can use this, but if you got robbed you have to use 삥 뜯기다. It’s mostly used in school, namely when bullies extort money from other students. Outside of school, 돈을 뜯다 or 돈을 뜯어내다 is more commonly used. This has a broader meaning of extorting money, i.e., not only attacking someone in the streets and robbing them, but also obtaining money by fraud. Here are some example sentences:
31세 남성이 경찰관을 사칭하며 업주로부터 돈을 뜯어내다 쇠고랑을 찼다
철수세미를 일부로 짜장면에 넣고 입안이 찢어졌다며 병원에 다녀온 뒤 주인에게 영수증을 내밀고 치료비를 요구하는 수법으로 돈을 뜯어냈다.
물이 좋다 describes how many hot guys and girls are at the party, club, or bar. So when 4mintues sings 물 좋아, 물 좋아, I know they are asking a question, but I think they really want to say, “I’m Hot~ We’re hot~~So hot.” And the opposite of this is 물이 구리다.
구리다 means nasty, bad, stinky, or shady. When you ask your friends about a particular spot, you can say, “여기 물 어때?” You aren’t really asking about the water. You’re asking, “Is this place popping? Are there a lot of pretty young things for me to pull?”
Personally, I don’t use it. I’d ask more generally, “어디가 괜찮아? 어디가 핫해?” Then, of course people will talk about the girls and guys who go there.
This one is a noun that describes a person, but honestly, you will sound like an 60 year old if you use it. In the video we mentioned 백수, which is a person who doesn’t have a job. But a 농땡이 is a person who often lies down at their job and does little. Mostly it’s used like this: 농땡이 치다 or 농땡이 부리다, which means goofing around. So you can say “농땡이 좀 그만 부려!” to mean “Stop goofing around!”
So how’d you do? Score yourself below to see if you’re a polyglottal language wizard or borderline illiterate.
0 right – It’s okay. It happens. We still like you.
1 right – You have much to learn, young padawan. Give it time, you must.
2 right – You’re either really awesome with your third language, or really awful with your first.
3 right – Solid effort. You dabble in linguistics, don’t you? Don’t lie to us; we’re on to you.
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5 right – Snap! You’re a multilingual slang master! Can we get your number?
6 right – I’m pretty sure you should be hosting this segment instead of us.
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