An unexpected controversy on the four-character idiom in the drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” recently arose.
On July 14th, an article titled “Isn’t it too serious if you don’t know what Kwon Mo-sul-su (Tactician Kwon) means?” was posted on the online community instiz.
The original poster (OP) said, “My friends didn’t know what ‘Kwon Mo-sul-su’ means until they watched ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’”, adding “I thought it was common knowledge so I was really shocked that they didn’t know it”.
In response to this article, netizens gave mixed reactions. Some people claimed that ‘Kwon Mo-sul-su’ is not a common word, saying, “If you don’t use that word in your daily life, you will definitely forget about it”, “I got Level 1 in Korean Language but I still don’t know this word”, “I didn’t know what ‘Kwon Mo-sul-su’ means while watching ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ so I had to look it up”, etc.
On the other hand, other netizens said, “It’s common knowledge. I always Level 4-5 in Korean Language but I know what Kwon Mo-sul-su means”, “Is there someone who really doesn’t know that word? It feels like everyone is doing a prank camera on me”, “It’s not a word you might not know. It’s quite a nuance but you need to know that word at least”, etc.
As such debate intensified to the point that it was hard to find which side was dominant, some Internet users tried to mediate, saying “It’s a word that you may know or may not know”, “Let’s learn what you didn’t know and just move on”, etc.
In addition, various other reactions, such as “I should read more books”, “I don’t need to know this word”, “I understand when I heard the word but I’m sure that I can’t explain it precisely”, etc., were also poured out.
The word ‘Kwon Mo-sul-su’ drew attention after it appeared in “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” as the nickname of lawyer Kwon Min-woo. It’s a four-character idiom that means the effort of trying all kinds of tricks and means to achieve one’s purpose.