A Random Useful Korean Phrase

약을 먹어라! Yag-ul moe-go-la! Eat your medicine! Take your medicine! To be said only in an action film while stuffing a pistol inside your archnemesis’s bleeding mouth, or in the company of a sick child who is being a pain in the ass. Wield against everyday folks with caution.

Yak, from the Chinese word for medicine (藥, yào), ul, the Korean article (or particle) used for objects, mok, the Korean verb stem which means eat, o-la, a very impolite conjugation in the present tense—mogola is by far the most common word Koreans say, meaning “eat it!”, as well as mok-go, “eating”, both of which you will undoubtedly hear several times within five minutes of walking outside the door.

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