오늘의 수수께끼

세계에서 가장 빠른 개는 뭐예요?

대답 (highlight for the answer): 번개 [lightning] 

설명 (highlight for the explanation): The answer is a pun on 개; in the question would imply dog –> the question sounds like “which is the fastest dog in the world?”, and half of the Korean word for lightning is made up of “dog”. 

오늘의 수수께끼

물고기 중에서 가장 학벌이 좋은 물고기는 뭐예요?

대답 (highlight for the answer): 고등어 [mackerel]

설명 (highlight for the explanation): Mackerel is the most prestigious because in the Korean name for mackerel, the 고등 in 고등어 means high-class.

오늘의 수수께끼

빵이 목장에 놀러간 까닭은 이유가 뭐예요?

대답 (highlight for the answer): 소 보러

설명 (highlight for the explanation): 소 보러 means “to see the cow”, which is also the reason why the bread went to the farm. However, 소 보러 sounds very similar to 소보로, which is a type of bread known as 소보로 빵 (similiar to Hong Kong’s pineapple bun or bo lo bau).

오늘의 수수께끼

텔레토비가 가장 좋아하는 알파벳이 뭐예요?

대답 (highlight for the answer): I

설명 (highlight for the explanation): 텔레토비가 아이 (also sounds like “I”) 좋아요.

오늘의 수수께끼

웃는 축구공이 뭐예요?  

대답 (highlight for the answer): 풋발 (football)

설명 (highlight for the explanation): 풋발 is Konglish for football, and 풋 is an onomatopoeic word (의성어) for a burst of laughter in Korean. Therefore a smiling soccer ball would be a laughing ball in Konglish.

오늘의 수수께끼

축구를 하는데 축구공이 없을 때 가야 하는 나라 뭐예요?

대답 (highlight for the answer): 남아공 (South Africa)

설명 (highlight for the explanation): 남아공 is South Africa in Korean, but when taken apart it also means “remaining balls” – 남았다 comes from the root verb 남다 meaning remaining; 공 is ball and in this context, football. Therefore if one wants to play soccer but don’t have a soccer ball, one can head to South Africa to find other remaining balls.

오늘의 수수께끼

소녀시대가 옷가게 갔을 때 처음 하는 말이 뭐예요?

대답 (highlight for the answer): Tiffany

설명 (highlight for the explanation): Tiffany is a member of SNSD (short for So Nyeo Shi Dae) / Girls Generation, and when pronouncing her name Konglish-ly, it can broken up to 티 파니 meaning “do you sell tees?” – which is the answer to the question of what they first said when they entered the clothes store.