Friday, 17 July 2015

맨날 or 만날?

It may come as a surprise even to many Koreans that, in spite of 맨날 being far more common in everyday speech, 만날 is actually the correct form of the word. Although as of 2011, 맨날 is now also included in dictionaries of standard Korean, so it appears that its exceedingly common (though erroneous) usage has earned it a permanent place in the language.

The origin of 만날 is actually a very straightforward combination of "만 (萬- ten thousand) + 날 (day)." When put together, the word literally means "ten thousand days" and, logically enough, is used to mean "every day" in Korean.

백문식. 우리말 어원 사전. 1st ed. 서울: 도서출판 박이정, 2014. Print. 

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