South Korea calls for ‘language purification’ campaign on Korean alphabet day | South China Morning Post

South Korea calls for ‘language purification’ campaign on Korean alphabet day

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Chung’s remarks come as many Koreans bemoan what they see as a language crisis resulting from abbreviated speech on the internet, adoption of foreign words, widespread use of slang among youngsters and incorrect conjugation of honorifics.

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1327889/south-korea-calls-language-purification-campaign-korean-alphabet-day

Talk about backwards thinking and a compete pack of understanding of human nature!  Communication will always evolve and change.  Hell, even the Korean language is an evolution itself, yet there are many who refuse to accept change.  This does not mean that slang should be a daily part of legal proceedings or should sweating bree included in a  doctorate thesis, but to try and eliminate it completely…..good luck with that.

But hey, a bunch of people got an extra day off at least.

Author: DragonDon

Having a love of travel has lead me to move to South Korea in 2010. Moving to an Eastern culture from a Western culture is a wild experience and there is never a dull day!

4 thoughts on “South Korea calls for ‘language purification’ campaign on Korean alphabet day | South China Morning Post”

  1. Not too much different from the US. People complain about the profanity used in common speech, text abbreviations becoming words, incorrect grammar usage is rampant. It’s part of evolution.

      1. You can’t stop evolution, and language evolves. I’m kind of curious with the texting abbreviations now part of oral communication; ex. OMG. Now people use OMG in everyday conversations. I’m curious to see if eventually language will be a series of abbreviations, or if OMG will become “ohemgee”?

      2. I recall reading a scifi story that did something like that. There was sine chemical compound (explosive?) that was called “ceeanotree” (or something like that) and what it was, was the formula/chemical makeup just pronounced, CNO3 (Carbon, Nitrogrn, Oxygen(3)).

        The book/movie Cloud Atlas also went into this language development. It was hard to follow at times because it was pretty “mangled”.

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