금시초문 – Korean 4 Character Idioms(사자성어) #4

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We get tons of information these days, some of them are familiar, others are new to us. When we heard something totally new, we usually say, "it's new to me," "I've never heard of it," etc. in English. In Korean, you can say that "처음 듣는 이야기인데요," but we can also say that with the 4 letter word, "금시초문" like "금시초문인데요."

Examples

소니가 해킹을 당했을 때 해킹의 배후로 북한이 지목되었지만 북한은 금시초문이라고 이야기했다. 그런데 무슨 일이 있을 때마다 그렇게 답하니 믿기 어렵다.
When Sony was hacked, North Korea was suspected as the culprit of the crime, but they said that it was new to them. However, they always say like that when something happens, so it is hard to believe that.

메이저리그에서 뛰고 있는 한 야구 선수가 내년에 국내로 돌아온다는 보도가 있었다. 하지만 그 선수는 얼마 후 금시초문이라고 답했다.
There was a news that the baseball player who plays in Major League will come back next year. After a short period of time, however, he answered that it was new to him.

한 포털 사이트에서 은행을 설립한다는 소문이 있었다. 그들은 자신들은 그런 적이 없다며 금시초문이라 답했다.
There was a rumor that one portal site will establish a bank. They said that they haven't ever dreamed of it and it was new to them.