Monday, April 12, 2010

Korea's Mecca of _____________.

[above: Mecca of outdoor gatherings.]

In an article discussing whether the Seoul Metropolitan Government has "sold" Seoul Plaza to SK Telecom, the Korea Times referred to the popular spot as a "Mecca of outdoor gatherings." I predict Brian in Chŏllanam-do will write a post on this use of "Mecca."

But ever since Korea successfully lobbied Webster and Oxford to get this bit of Konglish included in dictionaries to mean a place that attracts people of a particular group or with a particular interest, Urinara, the Mecca of Uri, has been running with it.

[above: Actual Mecca]
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5 comments:

  1. I work for a Christian school. We sent home a newsletter last month predicting that our school would become "a Mecca of English".

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  3. You do know I actually do have a post with "Mecca" in Korea, right?

    http://briandeutsch.blogspot.com/2009/06/m-word.html

    I update every once in a while, and will be sure to add this article, but there are simply too many "Mecca" to keep track

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  4. I don't get your reference to Konglish here. Mecca is used that way in English, albeit not overused as you and Brian have demonstrated.

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  5. You do know I actually do have a post with "Mecca" in Korea, right?

    Well, now I feel kinda dumb, because the "write a post" link was supposed to go directly to that, not back to the same thing as the first link. I've fixed it now.

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