Reasons to Read The Flying Yangban

Not the least of them is that when you hear someone from Seoul talking about the 피맛골, you can ask if they know what that means. When they say blood-flavoured alley, you can tell them with a smile that it ain’t so. Yes, this really happened, and the barmaids were quite pleased to discover what it means. Then they asked me how Toronto got its name, and I had to admit I didn’t know at all.

I managed to find this explanation of that little bit of trivia, by the way:

Toronto was named after the Huron Indian word for ‘meeting place’…and for good reason. For centuries, the area was a meeting place for people of the First Nations.

I’ll have to remember that when I go out for a beer with my buddy Sang Joon again, since they specifically asked me.

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