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Kyuhyun praised for refusing to use improper honorifics to Goo Hye Sun

By jennywill   Wednesday, February 8, 2017   111,543   8,567   0
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Kyuhyun was praised for pointing out common but incorrect honorifics.


In Korea, many men call their friends' wives 'jesu-ssi'. While it means 'sister-in-law' translated literally, the word is to call women married to a person younger (or lower status such as a sunbae to a hoobae) than they are. Therefore, the honorific is wrong because friends are supposed to be on the same level.


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On the 5th episode of 'Journey to the West', Kyuhyun called Ahn Jae Hyun's wife Goo Hye Sun. When she picked up, he said, "What should I call her? I heard it's not a good to say 'jesu-ssi'." The others suggested, "Then call her hyungsu-nim," which also means 'sister-in-law' but for those married to a person older. Kang Ho Dong protested this, saying, "You guys are friends (same age), so why would you say hyungsu-nim?", but Kyuhyun kept his stance, saying, "I heard it was wrong to say jesu-ssi."


After the episode aired, many netizens praised Kyuhyun for keeping the proper etiquette. Others went on to point out that while the two are considered the 'same age', Kyuhyun is actually born in early 1988 and Ahn Jae Hyun is born in 1987, so Kang Ho Dong would be wrong anyway, and praised Kyuhyun for firmly keeping his stance even when he was prompted to do otherwise.




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li_xiao_yan Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sunbaenim is also a viable option. But this is one of those fuzzy grey areas.

unscrewedhorses Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Man, I would be a hot mess if I ever went to Korea. D:  No way I'd be able to remember all the proper honorifics and all that.

jennkyube Wednesday, February 8, 2017

If we want to be really technical, then it should be 형수님. First of all, the polite factor of course. Second of all, even if they consider each other as same-age friends, the fact that Jaehyun is still older by a couple of months will certainly help in this case. Third of all, Goo Hye Sun herself is a lot older than these two lol so when in doubt, 형수님 is a better choice I think.

enzoa Wednesday, February 8, 2017

I think it depends on the meaning they assign to the term "friends". If they define themselves "friends" only because they're born in the same year (according to the lunar calendar), the term 형수님 (hyungsu-nim) it's a polite choice, meaning that the addressed person is the wife of somebody who is seen as a reference. If they are actually close, using [name>] 씨 (ssi) is surely appropriate, while both the other terms 형수님 and 제수씨 can be used as a joke, to take or assign a playful rank.

EXOBiasedBBH Wednesday, February 8, 2017

They started with being friends but i think Kyu still calls him hyung :D im not sure maybe i misheard ?!

melon Wednesday, February 8, 2017

so what exactly should he call her?

knyhll melon Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Goo Hye Sun Ssi :) ... or Goo Hye Sun Nim :) or... Yo Wazzup! Or Hey lady! :) hahahaha

loh knyhll Wednesday, February 8, 2017

@Hey lady 😂😂😂

Mai_Turn Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Kyuhyun was so cute in this scene :3 And New Journey to the West is such a cool and good show ^^

noraini_zainal_a Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Watch New Journey To The West season 3, you won't regret, all the casts really blended well and have good chemistry that it seems they have been doing the show for along time.

kimmiefonze Wednesday, February 8, 2017

I wonder what he did in this show for the producer to dislike him because so far, he's been keeping along with the rest of the boys effortlessly.

nnamia kimmiefonze Wednesday, February 8, 2017

what do you mean the producer dislikes him? They love Kyuhyun!

10000others kimmiefonze Wednesday, February 8, 2017

And how would you know if the producer dislikes him?

knyhll kimmiefonze Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What the..... Where in the world did you get such information... hahaaha You are one of Wang Sejung's minions aren't you?

noraini_zainal_a kimmiefonze Wednesday, February 8, 2017

They love him , they even dedicated a mini concert for him. Watch the cuts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqFix1ZerQQ&index=147&list=LL65QoVHtLjXz6pMNF0l3HJA

kimmiefonze knyhll Thursday, February 9, 2017

God no lol! There was an article about him not meeting the PD's expectations when it comes to his role on the show. I guess i have to apologize for using 'dislike'. *** I'm gagging at the fact that most of us, probably ELFs already expect Wang Sejung to bash every SuJu article! LOL!

SpringxTempo Wednesday, February 8, 2017

yup i remember this scene. kudos to kyuhyun for being very respectful!

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