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From Harper’s Magazine, March 2004 issue, an excerpt from How Koreans Talk, A Collection of Expressions, by the NY Times reporter Choe Sang-Hun and Christopher Torchia. I’ve just culled the ones that had to do with sweets and food:

Rice cake in the picture: Pie in the Sky

The other man’s rice cake is always bigger: Grass is always greener on the other side

He belched like a dragon after eating a loach: It was all for show

She’s saying where to put persimmons and pears at other people’s ancestral rites: She’s meddling

Just because you fear maggots doesn’t mean you should give up making soybean sauce: Don’t let obstacles deter you


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