Elise Hu is a reporter for NPR in their Seoul bureau. Like many reporters, she gets angry responses to stories from people who disagree with something or other but this one was a doozy where the person was simply outraged that she did not know the difference in meaning between two words that I suspect many of us (and this includes me) see as pretty much synonymous.
Why do people get so angry about such minor things? Surely the difference between jail and prison required at most a gentle email or call pointing out the difference, instead of insulting language implying illiteracy? For those who are curious, here is the difference between the two words.
Now something that the caller could get really upset about is how it came to be that the word ‘gaol’ came to not only mean the same thing as ‘jail’ but to be pronounced the same too.