In Love Revolution’s latest episode, there was this:
In the category “slang”:
• 어장질하다 (sometimes 어장관리): a metaphor with fisheries for how you treat people who are interested in you: It’s the attitude of maintaining the other person at the end of your hook and bait by leaving them expectant, while you actually have no intention to ever be in a relationship with them. So it’s when you’re toying with someone/leading someone on.
Explanation: 어장관리 (eojanggwanri) literally means “fishery management”. So it’s how you manage your fish stock for profit and sustainability of the fishery. In a way, the metaphor can be interpreted as how you manage the people interested in you so that you never run out of suitors but don’t have to actually commit to engaging with them. You just keep your stock afloat for your convenience.
Also, the saying can be used when you’re the one being used and toyed with.
In the category “pun”:
• 백전백패 (baek-jeon-baek-pae), a pun on 백전백승 (baek-jeon-baek-seung, 百戰百勝).
The original, 백전백승 (baek-jeon-baek-seung), means “a hundred victories for a hundred battles fought” (i.e. to be sure to win every battle). Here it was twisted around and the last syllable (hanja) changed from “seung” (victory, 승) to “pae” (failure, 패) to give 백전백패 (baek-jeon-baek-pae) = “a hundred failures for a hundred battles fought”, i.e. 100% failure.
And I found a wordplay I had in my notes from Sweet Munchies, too:
• “말만 맞춘 게 아니라, 눈도 맞췄나봐?” Literally “You didn’t just match your words, you even matched your eyes/gaze.”
Explanation: 말 맞추다 (mal matchuda) = match your story, discuss together what you will say beforehand (usually when you plan on deceiving people) ; 눈 맞추다 (nun matchuda) = literally, match your eyes = meet each other’s gaze/look each other in the eyes, and by extension, fall in love.
I had tried to keep the feeling and put: “You guys didn’t just match your stories, you even matched each other and fell in love.” but it’s not the most satisfying translation I’ve come up with…
Also, a good chunk of these interpretations are just my own thoughts, so feel free to correct me if you think I’m wrong on anything!