So I was talking to my Korean friend, and she excitedly informed me that she had recently learned ‘smh’ and asked if it was used often in English, because the Korean equivalent is used a lot.
Evidently they have a similar slang phrase, ‘ㅉㅉ’.
She told me that this is short for 쯧쯧, which is the same as our ‘tut tut’ sound. Sometimes we also write it as ‘tsk tsk’. You know that sound you make with your tongue while shaking your head? That’s 쯧쯧.
So ㅉㅉ has the same use and meaning as smh.
She also shared the above meme.
한심하다 is ‘to be pathetic/pitiful’. 한심 is the noun form of this word…so something like ‘pity’.
I would say that its use in this meme is similar to how we, in English, would say ‘Sad smh’.