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이상무

Discussion in '한국어 (Korean)' started by vientito, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. vientito Senior Member

    cantonese
    I am just wondering where is the origin of this military command?
     
  2. Kross

    Kross Senior Member

    S.Korea
    Korean
    To maintain the effectiveness and preciseness of verbal communications in the army they tend to turn a moderate length of everyday expressions into concise and compact ones, mainly with the help of Sino-Korean words. 이상무 can be divided into two parts like 이상(Abnormality) and 무(zero), meaning that there is nothing wrong in the camp at the moment. I am not sure this can be considered the origin, but we usually say 이상없어요 outside the army.
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2014
  3. vientito Senior Member

    cantonese


    Thanks. I'd no idea that 무 comes from a hanja word. But all that makes sense now.
     

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