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Slang moves faster than a late night text message, and whether you're native, gyopo, or foreigner, As Much as a Rat's Tail is loaded with the latest lowbrow lyricism Hangul has to offer. The portable, well-bound paperback is ready to make a home in your pack or on your bookshelf, ready to be read in pieces or cover to cover. With helpful icons indexing ddokboki (spicey!) for sexual terms, soju for (im)proper drinking etiquette and sushi for Japanese imports, the guide pops with bright design and readable ruminations regarding an entry's radical roots revealing the underbelly of contemporary Korean.
Entertainingly useful entries range from the foul to the sublime. The next time you're at the bar and that cute girl says nui-ddong geulk-da - you'll understand she's saying you think your poop is thick; or if there's magic between you, it might be cheot nun, the first snow, referring to love at first sight.
Don't be an nong-ddaeng-i (do-little or dawdler), pick up the Rat's Tail and pump up your speech with fresh flavor. One caveat: if you're an English teacher, you might want to keep it out of your classroom.
As Much As a Rat's Tail: Korean Slang, An Irreverent Look at Language within Culture is available on Amazon in the US and at Seoul Selection in Korea. --Groove Magazine, Seoul by Drake Baer
An irreverent look at Language within Culture
Get 'street' with A Rat's Tail - Learn what the kids are really saying, all the Korean they will never teach you in class. Korean is rich with the dynamic linguistic expressions and freshly coined language. A Rat's Tail dives into the intricacies of modern Korean slang introducing the hip, hot, spicy and sexual, the irreverent and inspiring, the cultural, crass and comical.
This is the Korean not covered in the language books, full of color and infused with philosophy. With A Rat's Tail in hand, you can impress others with your verbal acumen as you complement their fashion sense, dish out dirty words, or text up a storm, while you gain insight into the mind and culture of the Korean people.
Get the lingo on:
• expressions so necessary they're like rice
• a little something on the side
• stuff to say (and do) while drinking
• spicy language and swearing
• something sexy to say
• what they say in the halls, not the classroom!
• Konglish & more
Get the Straight Scoop with explanations of uncommon words and unusual usage. Culturally Speaking – get the skinny on how Koreans think, speak or act. Plus how to pick up, break up, make up, or get down and dirty. Find out who's abusing you and how to talk about someone behind their back.
“This book is the bomb!” —Mr. Kim
"A must read for Koreans and foreigners alike!” —Mr. Park “Shockingly fun!” —Mr. Lee
“Great bathroom reading!” —another Mr. Lee
www.badasskorean.com (go there if you dare)
Peter N. Liptak lives and writes in Seoul, Korea. An avid traveler and poet, Peter draws on Korea’s people, language and culture as a source of inspiration, linguistic and otherwise. Keen on dialect and borrowed words in language, Peter did his MA in Korean Studies at Yonsei University. Catch up with Peter and his musings at www.coffeeshopcontemplations.com or his adventures at www.poeticmisadventures.com
Siwoo Lee - A young philosopher who studies international management at KyungHee University, Siwoo Lee has taken a profound interest in the symbolism of language, combined with his fascination with foreign tongues and his sophisticated command of slang, has led him to delve into the world of A Rat’s Tail.