One Wednesday afternoon, my students started filing in to start class. I sat at my desk, waiting for everyone to arrive before officially beginning class. One of my students was in the back of the room playing with a friend. It looked like she was wearing a shirt covered with rows of beer bottles.
“Hey, Wendy, come here,” I said. She walked over and I realized it was, in fact pictures of sharpened pencils. There was English in the top corner of the shirt. It said, ‘I MNOT FUCKING CRAZY. A PENCIL STUB.’
I nodded, trying to look casual so she wouldn’t realize that there was a swear on her shirt. I’d been in Korea teaching English for just about a year, so at this point, Konglish shouldn’t have surprised me. But some shirts are so outrageous that one can’t help but feel shocked.
English is a fashion statement when it comes to clothes. And often it doesn’t make sense. Following this is a list of some memorable Konglish.
* Probiems are…. Do my utmost & I never tie myself
*69 Breakfast of Champions
*He jumping higher and higher
*All star pop guy rights America glamour Arab glamour Asia glamour Drug addiction Fashion post fash TV female Europ Femme Liberation
*College State Oneversity
*The “Eh” Team (with a picture of the Canadian maple leaf)
*Clothes a man who lovedthe story so if this man was in some tests and saw
*I love boys more than Milton Glaser (Upon research, we learned that Milton Glaser invented the I love NY shirts)
*Earth Music and Concieve. Shoot Time.
*Bang Bang/ Vintage/ Issue/ Happy Virus/ Fashion/ Love Clover
*SEE FOR MAN/ Face of a Contented Man/ Don’t Say It’s Over, I’m waiting for my man…/ here’s a doodle in my sketchbook from when my pen exploded the other day, it got all over me, but this is what is happening so far
* If you aint cowboy, you aint shit
*Hard Core Raper
*Only REAL SOUND peaceful music sound
*I can’t be fired. Slaves have to be sold.
* If tonight you sleep with me, smile
*A helmet is a form of protectiveghear worn on the head to/ The soldiers boots surrounded in the street / boots go together well with hip hop gear
*Block clothing punk me addict
*How many vintage watch’s are?
*It girl/ Even though the year’s fashions are/ popular such the certics/ the public has simple refuscel to buy them/ as what they are to the same thinking to a new up town heerful/ fashion model, it was the best thing She’s ever done. Sweet cover girl/ Women dress alike all over the world.
* I have white friends
*Cut here/ Take my tits
*Dry Bones/ Want me to ride on you?
*Mommy! Give me your Jew bagel! (with a photo of a little kid sporting a Hitler mustache)
*She frantically threw together a delightful little casserole and astonished the guests.
*Let’s do something shady (accompanied with pictures of sunglasses)
*I have a great pressure
*Nothing Happens Until Something Moves/ Actions Produce Genius, Magic, and Power/ Love is a journey not a destination. I’m so happy with your love.
*sed to have baaafe that kebtfa ing constantly
*Obama for yo mama (there are also plenty of Obama socks sold throughout South Korea)
*HOPE -It hopes that wait. Because think request to call on next by that wait something.
*I love you but I’ve chosen Disco.
*Peace my in the trunk
(written in 2010)