Language Lesson

A new word emerges in the wake of the Sewol tragedy — “gwanfia”:

Since the accident, Park has emphasized rooting out the ‘bureaucratic mafia,’ or ‘gwanfia, a term coined by the public after they became appalled at the rampant malpractices and corruption stemming from decades-old dubious connections between the shipping industry and public offices ahead of the Sewol disaster. The word is a portmanteau of the Korean word for officials, ‘gwalyo,’ and mafia.”

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