칼칼하다 [ kalkalhada ]

You may be able to guess the feel from the sound of 칼칼.

♦ Koreans say 칼칼하다 when the throat is sore out of tiredness or/and dryness.

ex)

목이 칼칼한데 맥주 한 잔 할까?  (I feel thirsty for beer. Shall we?)

A) 아침부터 목이 칼칼해. (I have a sore throat from this morning.)  B) 조심해. 감기 걸리려나봐. (Be careful. It seems you are catching a cold.)

♦ Koreans say 칼칼하다 when the food (especially soup) is somewhat spicy.

ex)

이 매운탕 칼칼하고 시원해. (This maeuntang is wild spicy and so good.)

** If someone’s voice sounds dry, rough and not stable like when he or she is angry or sick. People say the voice is 칼칼하다. Also, if someone is usually very tough, hard to please or gets angry easily, we say ‘성격(personality)이 칼칼하다’.