Hangul Day

Today is Hangul Day, a holiday to celebrate the Korean writing system. Here’s a video from some years ago with the great linguist Jim McCawley explaining why this is an important day in the calendar:

[Enjoy the Scottish accent. By the way, it’s the University of Chicago, not Chicago University.]

This is holiday season. From this blog on October 14th in 2011:

We’ve just had the holiday triple play — Hangul Day [October 9th], Columbus Day (U.S.) / Thanksgiving (Canada) [both the second Monday in October], National Coming Out Day [October 11th] … — and next up is Dictionary Day, October 16th, celebrated on Noah Webster’s birthday. Words running amok in the streets!

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