Happy fucking Birthday, Kim Jong-Un

Nord-Koreaner haben einen Weg gefunden, die Geburtstagsfeierlichkeiten für Kim Jong-Un subversiv zu verarschen, indem sie mit ‘nem kleinen Sprachtrick zum „Fucking Birthday“ gratulieren. Go, North Korea!

Luckily, the people of the North have found a way to inject a little humour into the routine. January 8th is pronounced in Korean as ‘ilpal’ (one-eight). But the Korean word for eighteen, ‘sippal’, happens to be a homophone of the swear-word ‘f**king’. Pyongyang residents have decided to take advantage of this pun. They are referring to Kim Jong-un’s birthday as the ‘f**king birthday celebrations’, and compulsory apple-picking days as ‘f**king Apple-Picking Days’.

Among some groups of trusted friends, it goes further than that: Kim Jong-un is referred to as ‘f**king comrade’, ‘f**king Marshal or ‘f**king Kim the Third’. In the North Korean context, blasphemy of Kim – even in a private setting – is a big deal. Even a few years ago, North Koreans would have never cracked such jokes about their leader.

HAPPY F**KING BIRTHDAY, KID WARRIOR! (LOTS OF LOVE, THE PEOPLE OF NORTH KOREA)