Hello there! Sorry I haven’t been around for a bit (been two weeks actually), I was actually out of town the last week in Calgary for a tournament I helped out with. I should have informed you readers, but I kind of forgot. Oh well, now I’m back and I’m just about to start another blog about questions I dislike. I guess these are more rant posts if anything, but it’s actually quite amusing to come back and read some of this stuff (Maybe not for you, though). This week’s question has to do with a bad word.
“Hey! So, since you’re Korean, do you know what ‘shi-bal’ means?”
The word is “shi-bal” and it’s usually a term that replaces many swear words in the English language. It can be used to insult someone; such as a “shithead or fuckwad” type of thing. It can also be used, apparently, as an expression of distaste. For example, in the English language:
“Ah, fuck, I got fired from work”
The “fuck” in there would be replaced with “shi-bal” in the Korean language. But you can not just use Korenglish (merging of the two languages) and go:
“Ah, shi-bal, I got fired from work because of that shi-balnom”
Why? Because you sound stupid. Don’t do it, please. Ever.
One thing I don’t like when people ask it as well, is that they follow it up with,
“So when can I use this word?”
Are you fucking kidding me? Don’t ask me that, it is a BAD word. Much like how when I have Asian people ask me when they can use words like “shit” and “fuck”. I tell them don’t use it to insult someone (although at this time, I’d like to point out, I’m a huge hypocrite when I say that).
I honestly do not want people to go out and start saying this word to Korean people. They would get offended and probably give you the cold shoulder. I’m pretty sure my dad would also give you a shout or something and scare the crap out of you as well. This word is bad, I hate answering the question on whether I know what it means or not. Growing up and being called it by your parents isn’t exactly how you want to learn what it means either. But I mean, I think they had every right to call me one if I did something completely stupid at a competent age.
So I think I’ll end this one here. Here’s the TL;DR version of this post:
Don’t like being asked if I know what a bad word means, stop trying ask me if I know when to use it or how to use it. DON’T go around and start saying it to every Korean you know or ask them the same question. Although, for that last point, I hope you’re smart enough to understand that saying a bad word to an older person isn’t getting you any respect, and going to get you a beating in Korea.