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Bro Science

March 2, 2014


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We are keeping up to date with our Discussing Interesting Contemporary Korean Slang because nobody likes old, fusty DICKS. That’s why we bring you a breath of fresh air with some throwback slang.

Bro Science

Ahh bro science. It’s not exactly a new term, but it doesn’t get out much. “Bro science” is used mostly in at the gym by “bros” and their “broteges” (think protege). While a fit guy may have some good fitness advice, there’s an awful lot of complete and utter bullcrap hanging around bodybuilding forums and the back of supplement labels. Lots of people claim what they do in the gym is the ultimate method, when really their methods are pretty inexact and unscientific.

This practice of people treating unscientifically proven ideas as if they are fact is NOT science. But it IS “bro science.” If a big beefy guy tells you eating six steaks a day will get you to gain a stone of muscle in two weeks, would you believe him? Or would you tell him to spread his bro science somewhere else.

땡 잡다

Does anyone out there use this phrase?? Am I going get scolded by Korean young hipsters? Sorry I might be a bit out of touch but this phrase sounds so cute. 땡!땡!

There is not much to talk about here with today’s Korean slang. Use 땡 잡다 when someone gets unexpectedly really lucky. That’s it! Simple as that! Here are some example sentences:

길 가다가 만원을 주웠어, 완전 땡 잡았어!! (I just picked up 10,000won on the street, hell yeah!!!)
내가 장가를 잘가서 나보고 다들 땡잡았다고 해. (People look at my wife and say I’m really lucky to have married her)

Bonus round: Bust a Cap

Well I guess we’re just full of old slang this week, because the phrase “bust a cap” has been around for ages, since before guns had individual cartridges. Back in the 1800s, firearms used a percussion cap and ball system to discharge, and busting a cap meant firing a gun. You ever seen the movie True Grit? Not the awesome Cohen Brothers remake with Jeff Bridges, I’m talking about the original 1969 western. Ned Pepper even claims he, “never busted a cap on a woman or nobody under sixteen.” But he’d do it.

Whether you’ll do it or not, “bust a cap” was in countless rap songs, tough guy movies, and probably a few back alley fights. I should warn you though, no one really uses this slang anymore. This is only partially because it’s really outdated, Lincoln-era slang, and mostly because the average American doesn’t shoot people. Just sayin.

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