A Canadian writer teaches English and finds out what it's like to be a foreigner.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Dirty Deeds Dung Dirt Cheap

Korean kids have a trademark move that I've seen performed often, but only learned the name of today.

"Dung-chip."

At least that's what Paul referred to it as, and taking his word on such matters is dubious at best (today when selecting the part of either Diego or Monica for a practice conversation, he chose Diego by reasoning that it sounded the nearest to "dung").

But laboring under humorous misconceptions seems to be what blogging is all about, so permit me to continue.

The dung-chip goes down something like this: the purveyor of the move (herein called the "chipper") sneaks up behind the receiver (let's call them the "chipp'd"). The chipper holds their hands together at the tips, as if in prayer— which must be the misdirect— and when they're close enough they jab the chipp'd in the middle of the... well... arse.

I know it's not a move unique to my kids, because Shane has reportedly both witnessed and fell victim to a sneaky chipping.

It's a common preoccupation for the kids to give each other "the treatment" during their short breaks between class. They have, at times, tried to play chipper to my unsuspecting back, but usually a stifled giggle gives me time to take a few steps forward and turn to see a pair of astonished eyes and the denied pose of their fingers held forward like a spearhead.

Touché.

2 comments:

Aaron said...

"Dirty Deeds Dung Dirt Cheap"

It took me a minute to get it.

Sam, you are a master of word-play.

Jono said...

Sam, my friend, I suggest you stay in Korea, or at least be prepared to look forever over your shoulder in Canada, because I promise you I will have you regretting you ever taught me to dung-chip.