이게 뭐죠 (ige mwojyo), 이고 뭐야 (igo mwoya) 뭐야 이게(mwoya ige) [Word of the Day Series]

안녕하세요! (Annyeonghaseyo!)

I don’t know how many of you have seen Gag Concert, but there is this skit that makes me laugh everytime with the older woman who’s a piano teacher and she can’t wait to see her 21 year old student who may actually be way older than he claims! She says things that would or should be too old for him to remember but he’s able to correct her on it with dates and lyrics and he complains about back problems, etc. Well, whenever this happens she always says, “Mwoji?!” before saying her realization. But what does this mean?

“Mwoji” is shortened for 뭐죠 (mwojyo). This comes from the sentence 이게 뭐죠 (ige mwojyo) meaning, “What’s this?” You can say 뭐죠 (mwojyo) by itself and it’ll still mean, “What’s this?”

There are a couple of other ways to say this phrase as well.

이고 뭐야 (igo mwoya) and 뭐야 이게(mwoya ige). They both mean the same thing, however the emphasis is shown in the wording. What I mean by that is this,

뭐야 이게(mwoya ige) – the emphasis is on “what”. So it’s like saying, “What is this?”

and

이고 뭐야 (igo mwoya) – the emphasis is on “this”. So it’s like saying, “What is this?”

So you can say, “mwoji”, “ige mwojyo?”, “mwoya ige?” and “igo mwoya?” and they all mean the same thing, it’s just how it’s said.

So that’s it for today.

-내일까지! (naeilkkaji!)

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