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Hypocritical behaviors

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19.09.2019

By Park Moo-jong

We Koreans often use "nae-ro nam-bul," an expression certain to make non-Korean speakers tilt their heads and question: "What does this mean?"

It is a coined Korean term (with an English word inserted), a four-syllable abbreviation from "naega hamyeon, 'romance'; nami hamyeon, bullyun." In short, it means: "If I love someone, it is a romance; but if others do, it is an affair."

This acronym has been on everybody's lips since President Moon Jae-in nominated Cho Kuk, his former senior secretary for civil affairs, as justice minister in early August and finally appointed him Sept. 9, despite a pile of questions about Cho's qualification.

It is often used in our daily lives to cynically criticize the "hypocritical" behavior of people, particularly those in our society's "elite" such as lawmakers and high-ranking government officials: "I can do this, but you cannot."

Here are some instances.

A famed professor has always been stressing the need to obey traffic rules, of course, for "your safety" on roads.

Actually, however, he turns crazy once he takes the wheel. It is his practice to cut in all of a sudden and ignore traffic lights. Many........

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