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Words of Korean origin have entered other languages, including English.

Contents

Words that appear in at least some English dictionaries

Chaebol
from 재벌, a family-controlled industrial conglomerate in South Korea.[1]
Hangul
from 한글, the Korean alphabet
Kimchi
a wide variety of pickled, fermented vegetables
Kisaeng
from 기생 (妓生), female Korean entertainers [2]
Korea
from Goryeo (alt. Koryo) (고려, 高麗), historic dynasty of Korea that unified the peninsula (see Names of Korea)
Soju
from 소주 (燒酒), Korean liquor similar to Sake.[3]
Taekwondo
from 태권도 (胎拳道), a globally-popular sport and martial art

Words that do not appear in dictionaries but may be well known

Bibimbap
from 비빔밥, white rice mixed with vegetables, beef, and chili paste
Chobo
from 초보 (初步), a novice, especially in Internet gaming
Gosu
from 고수 (高手), a person with great skill, especially in Internet gaming
Hantavirus
from 한탄강 (漢灘江), the Hantan River
Janggi
from 장기 (將棋), variant of Korean chess
Kalbi
from 갈비, BBQ marinated beef ribs
Kimbap
from 김밥, Korean rice roll.
Muk-Chi-Ba
from 묵찌빠, a Korean variant of the game 'rock-paper-scissors'

Well Known Korean Brand Names

Hyundai
from 현대 (現代), modern, also the name of a major Korean company
LG
from 럭키금성 (Lucky 金星), Lucky + Goldstar (also Venus), also the name of a major Korean company
Samsung
from 삼성 (三星), three stars, also the name of a major Korean company
Samyang
from 삼양 (三養), also the name of a major Korean company
SK
from 선경 (鮮京, Sunkyung) from 만주단 (鮮滿綢緞, Joseon-Manchuria Silks Company) and 도직물 (京都織物, Kyeong-do Textile Company)
Daewoo
from 대우 (大宇), 'Great Universe', also the name of a major Korean company
Hankook
from 한국, Tire manufacturer - name comes from the Korean name of the country of South Korea

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chaebol
  2. ^ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kisaeng
  3. ^ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soju





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Published - January 2009


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