I've checked out a Korean etymological dictionary and I am so happy

One awesome fact is that the Korean word for "strength" likely also doubled for muscle? This checks out because our modern word for muscle is a loan word from China, while our native word for "sinew" is literally "strength-cord." Imagine how weird/great it would be to write about a character's strength bulging in her arms XD

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I wonder if it's a coincidence that "child" and "mouth" have roots that sound the same, "ak." Any parent can attest that chidren are basically eating and crying mouths.

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Also according to Korean etymology the REAL mommy finger is the thumb, with 엄지 (eomji) meaning "mother finger."

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Why is it referred to as the mother finger? Something to do with a child sucking their thumb for comfort?

@fewl You know, I never thought about it but that makes perfect sense! It's the same reflex as breastfeeding, after all. You're a genius!

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