When words are too similar

Scene: In my office, unofficial Korean language lesson with one of my forty-something year old teacher.

Teacher: Ok Alex, try writing the numbers now in Hangul.

Alex: Yea…..one….two…three…..four…..five………..

Teacher: Good, good…watch the strokes….

Alex: …..six….seven…..umm ……eight….

Teacher: [explosion of laughter and giggling]

Alex: [blank stare, it’s been a long day] What’s wrong? Did I spell it wrong?

Teacher: You wrote the word “f*ck”!

Alex: What??! I’m so sorry!!!

Teacher: HAHAHHAHAHAHAAAA so funny!

Alex: [shamed] ……oooooh.

 

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