What does KKONDAE(꼰대) mean?


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What does KKONDAE(꼰대) mean?

Kkondae is an expression used in South Korea to describe a condescending person. The slang noun kkondae was originally used by students and teenagers to refer to older people such as fathers and teachers. Recently, however, the word has been used to refer to a boss or an older person who does so-called kkondae-jil (acting like a kkondae, in the Korean language), that forces the former’s outdated way of thinking onto another person.

“BBC, Word of the Day, KKONDAE”

BBC introduced this word as “Word of the Day” in 2019. In BBC Two Facebook page, it was introduced with a comment. “Do you know someone like this?”

“KKONDAE”

  • An older person who believes they are always right. (And You are always wrong.)

Sadly, it is a word that does not have a good meaning. However, it could be one word, you can understand Korean culture a bit more. Still, here and there, you can find, “KKONDAE-JIL” is happening, specially at work.

Bear that word in mind, let’s try our best not to be a “KKONDAE” in the future.


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