Friday, March 17, 2023

Happy St. Paddy's

And here's a bonnie Irish lass:

I think she shaved off her freckles.
freckles, and unapologetic about it

Freckles are associated with Irish people, but in Korea, freckles are considered ugly. Even the term for freckles, jugeunggae/주근깨, sounds as if you're saying "dead dog" (죽은 개/jugeun gae). I've got freckles. They're not as prominent as they used to be, but they're a genetic marker of my partially Irish heritage. Of course, on this day of days, we're all Irish, so hoist a pint if that's you're thing and think kind thoughts of the Emerald Isle, which today is everyone's hearth and home. Éirinn go Brách!

This folk song has keening moments that faintly evoke Korean pansori:

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