Do you know what the word 방콕 or 방콕하다 means in Korean? Of course 방콕 is how you write the name of the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, in Hangeul. But it has more meaning than that in spoken Korean. In casual Korean, when you say that you do 방콕, it describes how you seldom leave your own room or house and never go anywhere. This comes from the words 방, 콕, and 박히다 combined together.
방 = room
콕 describes how something pokes or something is stuck
박히다 = to be stuck somewhere
방에 콕 박혀 있다 –> “방”에 “콕” —> 방콕
So this is how this word was made. Have you ever heard anyone say this? Or do you have any other questions that you’d like to ask Hyojin? Let us know in the comments!
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