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So You Want to "Seoul" Me?
An Open Letter to Mayor Park Won-Soon!
Seoul Mayor's "Meaningless Slogans" Dejects Expats
Mr. Alan Timblick, president of The Seoul Times

Dear Mayor Park!

So you wish to "Seoul"me?

Since I, despite years of the best British education, have no idea what that is supposed to mean, I don't know if I should feel happy or insulted.

I sincerely hope you do not go ahead with your plan to adopt this ridiculous phrase as the city's slogan. If you do, I fear that millions of people around the world will have the same reaction as me.

To use Seoul as a verb suggests that it is a ploy to conceal a much more foul and obscene word. You will risk it being adopted into English speech as a euphemism for that obscenity. Do you recall the frequently used "expletive deleted " after the release of the Nixon tapes?

Surely a slogan should convey something about the character of the location it is intended to promote? So why do you need to abandon "Soul of Asia" which has served the city very well?

You clearly did not read my article in this paper titled "meaningless slogans" which we repeat below.

I wish now that I had claimed copyright over "Soul of Asia" when I proposed it years ago. Then I could have demanded royalty payments.

I am not asking for payment now but I do think that the absence of acknowledgement or even a simple word of thanks is an example of very bad manners on the part of SMG.

There is nothing unique about the newly proposed slogan so I can adapt it as can anyone else.

So how do you feel, mr mayor, if I say to you "Mayor Park!, I Pyongyang you!?

Alan Timblick
President, The Seoul Times
"All the news you want on Korea, every day on-line, honestly,in proper and readable English"
www.theseoultimes.com



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