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Me:  i want some corean food
Korean Girl: how come u spell korean w/ a C?
Me:  you sure you want to know?
Korean Girl: why not?
Me: well... up until 1910, before the japanese occupation of Corea, it's spelled with a C... popular belief is that the japanese changed it from a C to a K, so that Korea is alphabetically behind Japan (now Koreans would have to walk behind the Japanese in olympic ceramonies and such). This might be a myth, but people that respect Corea's history or pro-old-unified Corea like to spell it with a C. Also, in latin based languages the 'k' sound followed by a hard vowel (A,O, or U) is usually spelled with a C (like in canada, cuba, congo, corea, etc)... K is usually used when its followed by a soft vowel (E or I) like Kenya. Therefore, Corea with a C makes more sense... are you enlightened or sorry you asked?
Korean Girl: ttyl

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