After meeting up with friends for the lunch/breakfast soup, my friends and I decided to visit some mudflats (Suncheon Bay 순천 만). My friend’s boyfriend was not much for walking or ‘hiking,’ but he does a lot for his girlfriend (my good friend).
When we came to an intersection on the hill/mountain with the signs indicating the “relaxing path” and the other said “difficult trail.” I personally didn’t care, but I knew my friend wanted the harder trek, and I knew that her boyfriend wasn’t going to like it. This is the conversation I watched unfold:
Her: Which way do you want to go?
Him: Easy way! Of course.
Her: (slight whine in her voice) You don’t want to go up the difficult path with me?
Him: (deep breath) Okay. Let’s go.
>>>insert me: (baffled) Really???
It was seriously that easy. This, my friends, is called eg-yo (애교), and it’s one of the most idiotic things (I think) in Korea. Many Korean men think it’s one of the CUTEST things (and to be CUTE is the best thing ever) about Korean women. Having eg-yo is looking (pout-y face/sad eyes) and sounding like a whiny petulant child, and it works for women to get what they want. GROWN-ASS WOMEN! This completely mystifies me. Korean men also have eg-yo…but the women—omg! The women talk in either this babbling-baby voice or a high-pitched child-like whiny voice. Every time I hear it—and it’s often—I feel like walking over and slapping some sense into them. (This is part of the reason why I was completely surprised that ‘egyo’ worked.)
More pics on my flickr page. 🙂