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Meaning of 마지노선?

I'd like to know about the meaning and usage of 마지노선. Of course, I know that this literally means Maginot Line, but I also know it must have another meaning for everyday conversation. I saw this in a ...
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Why in Korean is 언니 used for female by female?

My Chinese friend just used 欧尼, and I looked up the meaning and found out that in Korean, 언니 is used by female, to refer to another woman who is older than the caller. However, the baidu page also ...
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Why are some Korean words similar to Japanese words?

Some Korean words are similar to Japanese words. In some cases, they're both related to words that exist from European languages: 스타일 in Korean, and スタイル (sutairu) in Japanese are related to the ...
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How helpful is knowing Russian vocabulary for knowing vocabulary which only occurs in North Korean?

I've heard that one difference, though not the only one, between North Korean and the Korean spoken by people who were born in South Korea is the vocabulary. Is knowing vocabulary from Russian, or ...
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Where does the word 호프 - meaning beer - come from?

I have always assumed that 호프 - beer - was short for Hofbräuhaus, a famous brewery in Munich. Is this correct? Or could it be from the word 'hops', or some other origin?
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What percentage of Korean vocabulary is derived/borrowed from English?

The Wikipedia article on Sino-Korean vocabulary states that Sino-Korean words make up about 60% of the Korean vocabulary (though by frequency of usage, the percentage is lower). Are there any ...