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Ask a Korean (text,video potentially NSFW)

April 14, 2015

From time to time, the Blog asks real-world opinions of GCBL league members to clarify baseball goings-on. We’ve had Ask a Chemist, Ask a Programmer, … we move on to Ask a Korean.

Saget,

any idea why the new Pirates’ SS’ name is pronounced something halfway between “Gong” and “Gung”… but it’s anglicized as ‘Kang’?  

Thanks,

CL

Well CL,

In the words of Al Sharpton…”You’re a Racist!”

But seriously I don’t know….a couple schools of thought: there have been Wangs in MLB but it is pronounced WONG…

Koreans are smarter than Chinamen and made a move to spell WONG as WANG in order to avoid asian jokes with the catch phrase “Sum Ting Wong**?”

A 2nd theory: the low hanging fruit, obvious answer is that slant eyed Koreans mistake a’s for o’s and with their propensity to mispronounce English vowels combined with saying something slower as their reading something in a confused state. The “a” in Kang and Wang turns into a long “O” sound.

My final theory is that in the spirit of Irish and English/Persian and Arab/Monkey worshipping African tribe vs Lion worshipping African tribe: even though slant eyed, short Koreans look like Japs and Chinks, Koreans,  Chinks, and Japs share a triad of hate. It may be the centuries of murder, rape, and pillaging or because Koreans make better toys that the other yellow fellows but these three hate each other so if the Chinks say Wong as Wong then Koreans will write Wong as Wang just to be different. ….”sigh”….I wish all these gooks would sit down over a dog carcas and hash things out because 2 Wong’s don’t make a L-ight

BOB SAGET

[Please note: the piece is called ‘Ask a Korean’. It’s not called ‘Korean actually answers question asked, explains why G-sounds in Korean are translated into English script as the letter K’.–Ed.]

**We’re guessing that’s a reference to this:

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