North Korea ‘distancing’ from external expressions… Use of “Petitological Distancing”


While North Korea is controlling the influx of foreign cultures, it has created and used its own terms related to the prevention of COVID-19.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Workers’ Party of Korea, said, “Russian health minister said it is important to observe quarantine measures such as wearing a mask and maintaining an epidemiological distance.”

The Korean Central News Agency also reported on the 29th of last month that in an article related to COVID-19, “in public places, quarantine regulations, including epidemiological distancing, are being strictly observed.”

The ‘epidemic distancing’ that appeared in the North Korean media is the same expression as our ‘social distancing’.

North Korea has been using the expression social distancing or a more simplified ‘distance’ since early last year, when the Corona 19 incident broke out.

This change seems to be a measure to prevent the residents from using expressions brought from outside in terms of language, while the North Korean authorities are focusing on blocking external cultural relics.

According to the National Intelligence Service, the North Korean authorities even cracked down on South Korean-style speech and titles, such as ‘boyfriend’ (boyfriend), ‘disgusted’ (embarrassed), and calling husbands ‘brother’ used by young people.

(Photo = Chosun Central TV screen capture, Yonhap News)

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