Monday, December 19, 2022

su, su, su

Here's something for you:

See the three repeated syllables? Are you not entertained?

If you read Korean, you see that the label says Oksusu-suyeom cha, or corn-silk tea. I just find the three "su"s in a row to be amusing. Oksusu is "corn," suyeom is "beard," and cha is "tea." Corn silk refers to the wispy filaments at the top of a growing ear of corn. By our standards, Koreans use the term "tea" pretty loosely. Almost anything brewed or steeped in water can be tea (except coffee), and that includes what Koreans call "corn beard."

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