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Whats your korean word/ phrase of the week?
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Holyjoe



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"Hul!" and "Oh- moh!" are my usual expressions of surprise or amazement.


"Oh-moh!" is the "mother!" exclamation that girls use when they're shocked or surprised, isn't it? (not sure of your romanisation)

Ya wuss Wink
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kiwiboy_nz_99



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oma would be mother

mo=what, i think the oh carries no meaning in that one
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Holyjoe



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Technically "mwo" would be 'what'...

If there are 2 different sounds then I'm inclined to go for the "mother" explanation.

Perhaps rapier can clarify Wink
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kiwiboy_nz_99



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mo/mwo ... i think "technically you're splitting hairs, i personally don't go for the standard romanisation in a lot of cases it's unneccessary or not even clear ...

but if "oh mo" is really the sound of what they're saying, I guess the only way it could be mother is if it's a shortening for omo ni ... my best guess is still for "what" which makes better sense as a exclamation right?
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Holyjoe



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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but if "oh mo" is really the sound of what they're saying, I guess the only way it could be mother is if it's a shortening for omo ni ... my best guess is still for "what" which makes better sense as a exclamation right?


But the thing is Koreans DO use the "mother!" ("omma!") exclamation for surprise, where we would use "oh my god" or something similar. Don't think I'm splitting hairs as it seems to be a pretty common occurence.
I hear it around all the time, especially from my missus on the relatively tame Everland rides. Laughing
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kiwiboy_nz_99



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can tell i am on holiday and have too much time on my hands to be even posting ... but no ones saying oma doesn't mean mother, and may well be used as an exclamation ... we are trying to figure if oh-moh is used also for mother ... my efficient spelling of that would be omo, but I think we know the sound we're talking about ... can anyone confirm ?
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Zyzyfer



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to think that the "omeo/omou/omoh/omo" thing was also saying "mother", but I was told by my inside connection that it doesn't. It's an entirely different word.

What does it really mean? Like I care.
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gang ah jee



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zyzyfer wrote:
What does it really mean? Like I care.


yeah. all you need to know is it's a what korean would say if they found out bear was driving.

Quote:
nuga unjeon hago ittji? omo! gom-eun unjeon hago inne!? ottoke doel su isseulkka?
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rapier



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holyjoe: wuss here. You're thinking of "oh-mahh" (mother).
Mine sounds more like a shortened, quick "Aw-maw".
One waegooks' Korean is another's double-dutch.
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kiwiboy_nz_99



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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nuga unjeon hago ittji? omo! gom-eun unjeon hago inne!? ottoke doel su isseulkka?


sounds fun, can we get a translation?
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Zyzyfer



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kiwiboy_nz_99 wrote:
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nuga unjeon hago ittji? omo! gom-eun unjeon hago inne!? ottoke doel su isseulkka?


sounds fun, can we get a translation?


look at my avatar
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kiwiboy_nz_99



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it ...
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