Define : Yeot (2017). Scratched Cellophane, Sewing Thread, and PVC Vinyl Sheets. 45cm x 40cm
Yeot in Korean, is commonly used as a vulgar word in modern day South Korea. The National Institute of Korean Language defines “feeding yeot” as causing someone trouble through deception. Correspondingly, to “eat yeot” is to be fooled. “He ate yeot,” means “he was tricked.”
Define : Yeot (2017). Scratched Cellophane, Sewing Thread, and PVC Vinyl Sheets. 55cm x 50cm
Most South Koreans equate “eat yeot” with the English expression, “fuck you” both equate to a raised middle finger in their respective languages. While the etymology of this profanity is obscure, various explanations associated with it reflect interesting aspects of Korean society. In the later years of the Joseon period (1392-1897), troupes of male entertainers that travelled around the country for both performance and prostitution used the word yeot to refer to female genitalia. And “eat yeot” meant “eat pussy,” or “fuck a woman.” Young, pretty men in such troupes were often associated with homosexuality and an expression urging sex with a woman may have functioned as an insult in their circles.