annalog: "Mom, what's 양반 (yang ban)?"
mom: "You know those people that sweep the floor, bow down, and say 'Yes, Ma'am. No, Ma'am'?"
mom: "That's not them...양반 are the other people."
annalog: "What are the common people called?"
mom: "상놈 (sang nom)."
Cyndi, Annalog, and Doogal look at mom with perplexed expressions.
Cyndi: "이모, isn't that 욕 (yok)?"
mom: "Yeah. Now, people say sangnoma !@#&@, but before it didn't mean that."
Today's Korean word(s) of the day are:
yangban: a member of the elite scholarly class during the Joseon Dynasty. (The men of this class wore those Korean style top hats that you see in the dramas.)
sangnom*: a member of the Korean plebeian class.
* Today, the term is used as a derogatory term implying that the addressee is an ill-bred person. Avoid using this term unless you mean to offend.
That is all.
Class is dismissed.