10 Interesting Konglish Words And Their Origins
There are some pretty fascinating Konglish words that have become a part of daily life in Korea, taking a life of its own!
Felt pens are called "Signpens" because people used it apparently to sign documents with.
Mechanical pencils were introduced to Korea through a Japanese company called "Sharp". The brand name stuck to the product.
Meaning comments, it came from the English word "reply"
There are two theories on the origin of this word. One says that Koreans shortened the word permanent perm and took the "Perma" part. The other says Koreans simply pronounced perm wrong and it stuck!
Korean people use the word notebook for laptops. It came about because it was supposed to indicate that these portable computers resembled notebooks.
Although not a proper English word, it is easy to tell how this word came about. A phone that fits in your hand!
Skinship includes any physical contact between people with romantic intent. The word does not appear in the English dictionary and was created by Koreans according to Urban Dictionary
Hop is one of the ingredients for beer and Koreans have taken to calling places to drink Beer "Hofs"
Idols are subject of worship and literally idolization, in Korea this word is used for young celebrities who are subjects of idolization from fans.
Most guess that the term autoby came from combining the words auto & bicycle.