I love studying idioms. They can be so fun and expressive and tell us a lot about another culture. Over the years I’ve learned that rice cakes are an essential part of the food eaten here on special occasions – it’s not Chuseok Thanksgiving without songpyeon rice cakes.
So I started searching for rice cake idioms… And there are MANY! And over the next week I’ll look at some popular ones. Here’s one of my favourites…
THE OTHER MAN’S RICE CAKE ALWAYS LOOKS BIGGER (남의 떡이 더 커 보인다)
The meaning of this idiom is pretty straight forward but I love how it uses rice cake to describe this feeling of ENVY or DISCONTENT.