Childish word for vulva

Michaelkun

Member
Spanish
Is there in Korean a childish word to say "vulva" (음문)?
I'm looking for a non-offensive word to refer to that part as, for example, 고추 for "penis" (음경).

Thanks in advance!
 
  • pcy0308

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Hello Michaelkun,

    The word you are looking for is "잠지". Even amongst Koreans, "잠지" is often misconceived as being vulgar, profane, but the term itself is a native Korean word that refers to the female genitalia. Some consider "잠지" a euphemised form of "보지", which (in most circumstances) is thought to be rather more offensive despite being used and found in monumental Korean literatrues. Though "잠지" originally could be translated as "penis of a little boy", more often than not it is also understood as a euphemism for the vulva.
    ("질" is a more anatomic term for the vagina (not the vulva, if you'd like to be more specific), and it is neither childish nor vulgar.)

    According to a Korean Wiki site, the term's usage is in fast decline, but it is the closest to your description that I could find. Hope this helps. Also, check out the following link (a Q&A page from the National Institute of Korean Language), it explains how Korean culture and its tradition (which tended to hush up rather explicit or frank discussions of female sexuality - though it is changing nowadays) may have led to such absence of the terminology.
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    Michaelkun

    Member
    Spanish
    Hello Michaelkun,

    The word you are looking for is "잠지". Even amongst Koreans, "잠지" is often misconceived as being vulgar, profane, but the term itself is a native Korean word that refers to the female genitalia. Some consider "잠지" a euphemised form of "보지", which (in most circumstances) is thought to be rather more offensive despite being used and found in monumental Korean literatrues. Though "잠지" originally could be translated as "penis of a little boy", more often than not it is also understood as a euphemism for the vulva.
    ("질" is a more anatomic term for the vagina (not the vulva, if you'd like to be more specific), and it is neither childish nor vulgar.)

    According to a Korean Wiki site, the term's usage is in fast decline, but it is the closest to your description that I could find. Hope this helps. Also, check out the following link (a Q&A page from the National Institute of Korean Language), it explains how Korean culture and its tradition (which tended to hush up rather explicit or frank discussions of female sexuality - though it is changing nowadays) may have led to such absence of the terminology.
    국립국어원
    Thank you so much for your answer! 잠지 is exactly the word I was looking for! 대단히 감사합니다!! :)

    About the monumental Korean literatures you mentioned, which would be the most prominent works in your opinion? I'm really interested in diving into Korean literature and I would like to have some references.
     

    pcy0308

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Hello Michaelkun,
    1. Where to begin, I mean, if we are talking strictly in terms of "the monumental Korean literatures that contain the word '잠지' or '보지'", I was referring to "태백산맥" and "토지", but I am sure that's not the case here. Anyway, those are very important and influential literature pieces culturally, historically and academically so they are worth checking out:
    The Tae Baek Mountains - Wikipedia
    Toji (novel) - Wikipedia
    Bear in mind though, those two are quite challenging (even for average native Korean readers). They contain some words and expressions that still cannot be interpreted to this day. Talk about a difficult task eh?

    2. The following is a short list of "must-read" Korean literatures taught nationwide in both middle and high school. Understanding of these literatures is thoroughly tested in "수능", the infamous college scholastic ability test:

    눈사람 속의 검은 항아리-김소진
    어둠의 혼-김원일
    우상의 눈물-전상국
    봄봄-김유정
    젊은 느티나무-강신재
    몌별-최명희
    메밀꽃 필 무렵-이효석
    돌다리-이태준
    꽃자리-우한용
    만세전-염상섭
    공중누각-최수철
    사평역-임철우
    화수분-전영택
    강-서정인
    무정-이광수
    빈처-현진건
    패강랭-이태준
    박돌이 죽음-최서해
    남생이-현덕
    불꽃-선우휘
    닳아지는 살들-이호철
    밤길-윤정모
    수난이대-하근찬
    농우-이근영
    논 이야기-채만식
    오발탄-이범선
    고향 없는 사람들-박화성
    모래톱 이야기-김정한
    징소리-문순태
    광화사-김동인
    금시조-이문열
    할머니의 죽음-현진건
    태평천하-채만식
    양-윤흥길
    꺼삐딴리-전광용
    백치 아다다-계용묵
    날개-이상
    서울, 1964년 겨울-김승욱
    고장난 문-이범선
    빛 속으로-김사량
    바비도-김성한
    산정의 신화-구인환
    강도몽유록-작자 미상
    임진록-작자 미상
    최적진-조위한
    이춘풍전-작자 미상
    열녀함양박씨전-박지원
    장끼전-작자 미상
    옹고집전-작자 미상
    전우...(하략)
    (Source: 한국문학 명작선(전4권) 한우리북스 명작선)

    3. As for more recent, 21st century literature works and those that are relatively well-known to an international audience, there are Kim Young-ha, Han Kang, Hwang Sok-yong, Hwang Sun-mi, Kim Suki, the list goes on and on. Take it with a grain of salt as everyone has different opinion and tastes. "The Vegetarian" and "소년이 온다" by Han Kang are sensational and widely read both domestically and internationally.
    If you are into works of young, up and coming writers, "젊은작가상 수상작품집" series is definitely worth checking out. It is an annual publication that compiles 7 of the most critically acclaimed, positively received works by different, up-and-coming authors (those with writing career of 10 years or less under their belts). In fact, this type of "compilations" or "anthologies" is not so hard to come across.

    I am sure other members of the forum will be able to recommend other prominent literature works from different era, different genres, different movements. Stay tuned.
     

    Michaelkun

    Member
    Spanish
    Hello Michaelkun,
    1. Where to begin, I mean, if we are talking strictly in terms of "the monumental Korean literatures that contain the word '잠지' or '보지'", I was referring to "태백산맥" and "토지", but I am sure that's not the case here. Anyway, those are very important and influential literature pieces culturally, historically and academically so they are worth checking out:
    The Tae Baek Mountains - Wikipedia
    Toji (novel) - Wikipedia
    Bear in mind though, those two are quite challenging (even for average native Korean readers). They contain some words and expressions that still cannot be interpreted to this day. Talk about a difficult task eh?

    2. The following is a short list of "must-read" Korean literatures taught nationwide in both middle and high school. Understanding of these literatures is thoroughly tested in "수능", the infamous college scholastic ability test:

    눈사람 속의 검은 항아리-김소진
    어둠의 혼-김원일
    우상의 눈물-전상국
    봄봄-김유정
    젊은 느티나무-강신재
    몌별-최명희
    메밀꽃 필 무렵-이효석
    돌다리-이태준
    꽃자리-우한용
    만세전-염상섭
    공중누각-최수철
    사평역-임철우
    화수분-전영택
    강-서정인
    무정-이광수
    빈처-현진건
    패강랭-이태준
    박돌이 죽음-최서해
    남생이-현덕
    불꽃-선우휘
    닳아지는 살들-이호철
    밤길-윤정모
    수난이대-하근찬
    농우-이근영
    논 이야기-채만식
    오발탄-이범선
    고향 없는 사람들-박화성
    모래톱 이야기-김정한
    징소리-문순태
    광화사-김동인
    금시조-이문열
    할머니의 죽음-현진건
    태평천하-채만식
    양-윤흥길
    꺼삐딴리-전광용
    백치 아다다-계용묵
    날개-이상
    서울, 1964년 겨울-김승욱
    고장난 문-이범선
    빛 속으로-김사량
    바비도-김성한
    산정의 신화-구인환
    강도몽유록-작자 미상
    임진록-작자 미상
    최적진-조위한
    이춘풍전-작자 미상
    열녀함양박씨전-박지원
    장끼전-작자 미상
    옹고집전-작자 미상
    전우...(하략)
    (Source: 한국문학 명작선(전4권) 한우리북스 명작선)

    3. As for more recent, 21st century literature works and those that are relatively well-known to an international audience, there are Kim Young-ha, Han Kang, Hwang Sok-yong, Hwang Sun-mi, Kim Suki, the list goes on and on. Take it with a grain of salt as everyone has different opinion and tastes. "The Vegetarian" and "소년이 온다" by Han Kang are sensational and widely read both domestically and internationally.
    If you are into works of young, up and coming writers, "젊은작가상 수상작품집" series is definitely worth checking out. It is an annual publication that compiles 7 of the most critically acclaimed, positively received works by different, up-and-coming authors (those with writing career of 10 years or less under their belts). In fact, this type of "compilations" or "anthologies" is not so hard to come across.

    I am sure other members of the forum will be able to recommend other prominent literature works from different era, different genres, different movements. Stay tuned.
    Thank you so much for these lists and recommendations! There are lots of authors and works I didn't know, so I'm really glad to start discovering them! :)
     
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