tonggul t’amhŏm 동굴 탐험

Short post this week: I was enthusiastically celebrating two friends’ marriage in New Orleans all weekend, and now my parents are in town. Enjoy!

Tonggul t’amhŏm (동굴 탐험), which means cave exploration, is a Korean kiddy term for nose picking.

Get it??

The words are of Sino-Korean (i.e. Chinese, from back in the day) origin, from 洞窟 (동굴, cave) and 探險 (탐험, exploration, expedition, journey). It’s the same hŏm (험) as words like kyŏnghŏm (경험), experience.


The hubs (aka household Korean informant)

“동굴.” 다음한국어사전. n.d. 인터넷. 2016년10월12일.

“탐험.” 다음한국어사전. n.d. 인터넷. 2016년10월12일.

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