What does 乒乓兵 (병병병) literally mean?

Answer: Ping pong (Ping pong) soldier

Ping pong (Ping pong) It is a Sino-Korean word that refers to the game of “ping-pong” or table tennis, although my Korean-English dictionary does not show it as a Sino-Korean word. Koreans also refer to the game as 탁구 (卓). both 핑 (ping) and bong (bong) are the sounds made when objects are hit, similar to the sounds made when hitting pingpong balls. Both can also be pronounced as “병”, so 병병 (Ping pong).

The Chinese character 兵 (병) means “soldier”, so 병 (乒乓) or 핑퐁 (乒乓) can be literally translated as “ping-pong soldier”. I remember the character of Forrest Gump in the movie “Forrest Gump”.

From Dong-A’s Prime Korean-English Dictionary

From the Naver Chinese Character Dictionary

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