Monday, December 12, 2022

Nonstandard Ages In South Korea

"How Old Are You? South Korea Tries to Simplify What Should Be a Simple Question": 

South Koreans have counted their ages in three different ways for decades. In everyday life, they are a year old at birth and count up every New Year’s Day. In some contexts -- when determining one’s eligibility to drink, smoke or serve in the military, for example -- they simply subtract their birth year from the current year. And for most legal and official purposes, they follow the rest of the world: People start from 0 and add a year on every birthday. 

Once the bill is signed into law, the government would follow the international approach. Babies under a year old will have their age counted in months...