Your Chinese lesson for the day: quan jue <death by dogs>

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Jan 5 20:20:52 UTC 2014

Nice find!

In Mandarin: ç ¬å†³ (quÇŽnjué)
In Korean: 견결 (gyeongyeol) (same hanja)

The Chinese Wikipedia ( has an article on this, but the Korean does not, though both terms are on the Internet (at least with reference to this alleged incident). The Korean term is a homonym for a Buddhist term.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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On Jan 5, 2014, at 9:33 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> Try to say [chew-ANNE jew-WAY]: Mandarin quan3 <dog> + jue2 <decide, judge,
> execute>.
> <<A pro-government Chinese paper, Wei Wei Po, has reported that [North
> Korean leader] Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song Thaek was sentenced to <<quan
> jue>>, or death by dogs. Specifically, he and five other
> <<co-conspirators>> were tossed naked into a cage filled with 120 ravenous
> dogs who had been starved for three days prior to the event. The dogs then
> ate them up <<completely>> while Kim patiently watched for over an hour.>>

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