Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Nov 26 03:03:19 UTC 2008

Pronounced 'Kay-Mag Yoyo.  In 1973 my undergraduate linguistics prof told me that he had heard this peculiar acronym while serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War (1950-53).  It stood for "Kiss My Ass, General, You're On Your Own!" and was the punchline of a joke which played on the official bureaucratic acronym "KMAG" (Korean Military Assistance Group, formed in 1949).
KMAGYOYO didn't get into HDAS II because I had only the one example. To my surprise, however, it has been showing up on the Internet for a number of years, in apparently non-Korean civilian contexts, translated slightly with "Goodbye" or "Guys" instead of "General."
Is anyone here familiar with it from "real life"?

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