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Meaning Behind The Proverb “Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst”

Main Piece:  Original Proverb: “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”  Meaning as told by my informant:  “It’s honestly pretty self explanatory. It’s good to be an optimist… you should always root for what you want and have faith. However, you can’t be naive about it. You should always have some kind of plan… Continue Reading »

Meaning Behind The Proverb “In The Land of The Blind, The One Eyed Man is King.”

Main Piece: Original Text (Latin): “In regione caecorum rex est luscus.” Translation: “In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.”  Meaning as told by my informant: “It means that if everything is bad, and one thing is less bad, then it’s automatically the best. It plays on the idea of ‘best’… Continue Reading »

“Not knowing is the medicine” (모르는게 약이다)

Main Piece :  “모르는게 약이다.” Original Script : 모르는게 약이다 Phonetic (Roman) Script : Morununge yak-ee-da Transliteration : Not knowing is the medicine. Full Translation : There is truth that is better off not knowing.  Context : My informant is an adult male who was born in the Gangwon Area of Korea, which is located… Continue Reading »

“The bird will listen to what you say during daytime and the mouse will listen to what you say during nighttime” (낮말은 새가 듣고 밤말은 쥐가 듣는다)

Main Piece :  “낮말은 새가 듣고 밤말은 쥐가 듣는다” Original Script : 낮말은 새가 듣고 밤말은 쥐가 듣는다 Phonetic (Roman) Script : Natmalun saegadutgo bammalun jwigadutneunda Transliteration : The bird will listen to what you say during daytime and the mouse will listen to what you say during nighttime Full Translation : There will always… Continue Reading »

Armenian Proverb About Reputation

հոգի գնա, ոչ թե անունը Transliteration: hogi gna, voch’ t’e anuny Translation: The soul can rise, but the name stays. Better to die than to have your image/name tarnished. Background Information: Armenian proverb used by Armenians around the world. Context: I was told this proverb by the informant when I was interviewing him about his… Continue Reading »