Don't want to lift a finger.

Hi all. I was flying to go overseas a few weeks ago. It is exciting except the fact that Australia is so far away from everywhere. Luckily, I sleep very well on the plane. A few hours into this flight, I woke up from sleep and tried to turn on the personal TV which happened to be touchscreen. I was still half asleep as I was touching the screen. My brain was not quite figuring out that the hand was mine and thought "Looking at these long fingers, this person much be really lazy...". In Korea, we think that the long fingers indicate the laziness of the person. True or not... You know how Korean people can be quite direct about personal things. E.g. Asking "How old are you?" is socially very acceptable in Korea. It is also quite common for Korean people, especially between friends, to comment on the physical features. I had many people telling me that I had lazy fingers. I could not object because it is quite true for me. :)

손가락 하나 까딱하기 싫네요.
I don't want to lift a finger.

손가락, songgarak, finger
하나, hana, one
까딱하기, ggadakhagi, move slightly (까딱하다)
싫네요, silleyo, don't want to

손가락 하나 까딱하기 싫네요.
songgarak haha ggadakhagi silleyo.

까딱하다 is a kind of movement when you slightly node you head. A very subtle move with no impact. And it can be used to warn a situation that has no room for mistake.

까딱 잘못하면 다친다.
You will get hurt if things go wrong slightly.

까딱하면 큰일 난다.
It will become a big trouble if not careful.

I was pretty lazy when I was living with my parents. Probably that's why I still don't know how to make Kimchi. My mother used to say something like 어떻게 집에서 손가락 하나 까딱 안하니? (How come you don't life a finger at home?) and did all the housework. She has short fingers, of course. I miss her.

Anyway, now you know the reason why the uploads are not regular these days. It's my fingers!!! ;)


  1. I must say that I totally agree with this aspect of Korean culture, for my fingers are the complete opposite of yours, and as such I intend to display them with pride to all as very lively and hardworking fingers, despite the fact that they look like short Italian sausages to me :D


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