By: Agence France-Presse
A South Korean elementary faculty whose name means “shit” has determined to undertake a extra aromatic moniker, faculty officers mentioned Friday.
Many Korean names and phrases are based mostly on Chinese characters, so when rendered within the Hangul alphabet they will have the identical spelling, however a number of meanings.
The unlucky consequence for the Daebyun Elementary School in Busan is that human faeces are the very first thing that come to thoughts when Koreans hear its name.
“Are you from Poop School?” was a typical taunt college students and former pupils have endured for 55 years, reviews mentioned.
They have mounted a marketing campaign to change the name, gathering greater than four,000 signatures since April, a college official who declined to give her name informed AFP.
“We want to have a pretty school name,” learn a banner put up on the college wall by the scholars and their dad and mom.
A faculty committee will select amongst three choices subsequent week and submit a request to native authorities to change the name, she mentioned, with permission anticipated to be granted from the spring time period subsequent yr.
One of them, Haeparang or sea waves, would flush away the stench of the previous, whereas the opposite two are geographically based mostly.
Founded in 1963, the college, which has 77 college students, was named after a village known as Daebyun-ri, a shortening of the close by Daedonggobyunpo port, or Daedong Warehouse Coast.
The Kyunghyang Sinmun day by day mentioned different colleges even have embarrassing homographs, together with Jungja (sperm), Junggwan (seminal duct), Yadong (pornography) and Mulgun (prick).
None of the 4 mentioned they have been contemplating altering their names, they informed AFP.
“Absolutely not,” mentioned an worker of the Mulgun faculty, within the southeastern county of Namhae. “That would be absurd.”
Last yr, Japan’s Kinki University bowed to years of international sniggering by altering its nomenclature to the much less saucy-sounding “Kindai”.