Just got back from Korean class where we had a reasonably deft debate about alcohol consumption in South Korea, and how and why it’s one of the highest rates in the world.
One of the other students is also American, and we managed to put together a few decent sentences as to how USians drink, but never with our boss and how drinking in public, or even being drunk, is illegal.
Anybody who has walked through a Korean city after six p.m. will realize what a shocking concept that is.
Then I tried to explain Puritan morality and, well, that was a train-wreck.
Anyhow, I’ve mentioned it before, but a Korean word for “alcoholic” is “sool-go-rae,” which translates to “booze whale.”
That’s my kind of poetry.