Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Language: Koreans invented... Ghetto?!

OK, here's my hypothesis on what the REAL origins of Ghetto talk is from.


Having said that, here is my point: Korean language, Hangeul (한글) in its form today, was 'invented' and completed in 1444. The existence of the Korean language is therefore older, and definitely more developed that the Ghetto language we have today, topping at most a century in history. If there was ever a shadow of doubt about the chicken or the egg... Korean definitely came about first.

Some of the Korean sentence structure and sounds are unmistakenly similar to that of Ghetto. Or rather, Ghetto is undeniably similar to Korean. Two prominent examples of Ghetto talk being similar to Korean are:

  • "Word"
    Used either as a confirming question, OR used in statements of affirmation.
    Person A: "I don't dig that s*** no more man..."
    Person B: "Word?"
    Person A: "Word."

    Korean equivalent: 정말 (Jeong-mal)
    Literal meaning ~ Real word.
    Person A: "I make many many money last year"
    Person B: "정말 (Word)?"
    Person A: "정말 (Word)!"

  • Peace out yo
    A well-wishing statement.
    Person A: "Gotta cruise man..."
    Person B: "Alright, peace out yo"

    Korean equivalent: 안녕하세요 (Annyeong Hase YO)
    Literal meaning ~ You have peace.
    Person A: "Oh hello!"
    Person B: "안녕(Peace)하세요 (Yo)"

Just look at the similarities and sounds. Proves my point, no doubt.

Brilliant unraveling of Ghetto roots, if I do say so myself. I should be nominated for a prize in linguistics or anthropology for this finding!


Erm... Yeah right! If you've been reading this with a pinch of salt and taken in with good humor, I applaud you. For the rest of you... Please la. :P


At January 04, 2006 7:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i see you seem to be having a bit of free time ;p. enjoyed this =)

At January 04, 2006 8:34 AM, Anonymous ul said...

LOL. I think this is the oddest post you've made so far.

At January 04, 2006 10:06 AM, Anonymous louyau-mike said...

>_< this is sooo weird ... either Ghetto or Korean ... :p ...

At January 04, 2006 3:12 PM, Anonymous fergus said...

please la what?

At January 04, 2006 5:15 PM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

.k. + ul: It's something I've been wanting to write about... It always daunted upon me how similar some of the words really are! Seriously... it wouldn't occur to you unless you've been exposed to both of the 'languages'.

Louyau: You'll here a lot of that junk on American TV, especially when rappers and ghetto thugs talk.

fergus: Please la... take everything in life with a pinch of salt and good humor. ;)

At January 05, 2006 5:10 AM, Anonymous ul said...

^ I have been exposed to both "languages." I'm KA. I still think it's a bit creative-odd post/thinking. I think you'd get that type of thinking when you're learning/stepping into a language.

At January 05, 2006 6:47 AM, Anonymous Laynie said...


At January 05, 2006 11:33 AM, Blogger hteekay said...

dear diary...

Upon reading a post made by kurios1987 today I've learn a fact that would forever change my perspective on Koreans and those ghetto american rapis-opps rappers....

At January 05, 2006 3:20 PM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

ul: Ah... Well, the post was meant to have only entertainment value only, nothing too serious ;)

Laynie: Glad I made your day

hteekay: Eh fren, it's 1978 lah, not 1987 :P

At January 05, 2006 5:34 PM, Blogger hteekay said...

opss... sorry.. typo la brader

At February 11, 2006 10:36 AM, Blogger Max said...

I'm laughing my ass off! Your blog has totally changed since the last time I was here--and I'm loving it.

At February 16, 2006 4:41 PM, Anonymous Jason Jang said...

hahahahah oh man.

I'm not ghetto, but I am sorta Korean. by blood atleast.

I used to always say 'Word' before I got here.

No I constantly say 정말.

Apparently, things haven't changed at all.

At February 17, 2006 8:36 AM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

Max: Ha ha ha, I guess the link on your blog generated quite a few visits to this post. Thanks. ;)

Jason: Welcome. Hope you start to have a greater realisation of where the Korean culture evolved from/evolved into now... :P

Have a laugh, swing by more often.


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