With Kpop being more and more appreciated some people end up on this trend but they do not know some of the “basic” words. Nothing worse than feeling like an outsider, right?
I hope you liked the post I made talking about How Kpop started and became a trend? Today I am going to introduce some of the basic words and expressions Kpop fans use so you do not feel weird when you hear things like “Have you seen my bias doing and Aegyo on the new MV? This comeback was an All-Kill”.
Annyeong Haseyo: Hi
Aegyo: Term used to refer to cute gestures.
All-kill: Expression used when a song reaches the top position on Korea’s top seven online charts at the same time.
Bias: Term used to refer to a group or favorite member of a group or singer or actor.
Big 3: They are the three most well-known and powerful entertainment agencies in Korea. They are SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment.
Ocean: A term used to refer to the act which countless fans turn on their lightstick (personalized light sticks from each group) during a performance group or singer. Sometimes they even create colors and phrases during the Ocean.
Black Ocean: A term used to refer to the act in which countless fans do something to demonstrate their discontent with a group or a member of a group. An example of Black Ocean and when fans agree to turn off their lightsticks during the performance of a certain group or singer.
CEO: Comes from the English Chief Executive Officer, which means Executive Director. It is the highest position in a company, and in the case of Kpop and used to refer to the CEOs of talent agencies.
Charts: Term used to refer to the form used to rank songs and albums according to their popularity.
CF: It comes from the English Commercial Film, which is a way of speaking propaganda.
Comeback: A term used to refer to the act of a group or singer making their return with a new job after a downtime.
Debut: Term used to refer to the debut of a group, singer or actor.
Dongsaeng: Term used to refer to someone younger, be it age or debut on the Korean stage. Valid for both sexes.
Dorama: Term used for Korean television productions as series.
Eye smile: A term used to refer to the facial expression of smiling making the eyes close a little.
Fandom: Term used to refer to an artist’s fan collective. Example: ARMY is the BTS fandom, MonBebe is the Monster X fandom.
Fanservice: Term used to refer to actions done by idols and actors to make their fans happy.
Fighting / Hwaiting: a catchphrase meaning “you can do it!”
Flower Boy: Term used to refer to a man who is considered extremely handsome.
Hanbok: Term used to refer to Korean traditional clothing
Hiatus: Term used to refer to the pause/inactivity period of artists.
Hyung: Term used to refer to men when talking to known men who are a little older than them.
Hoobae: Term used to refer to someone younger and inexperienced in your area. Used between groups and valid for both sexes.
Kekeke: Our “hahaha”
Maknae: A younger member of a group or a dramatist.
MV: Acronym of “music video”, video clip.
Netizen: Term used to refer to the junction of the words internet and citizen. What refers to Internet users. K-Netizens are the Korean netizens.
Noona: Term used by men when talking to known women who are a little older than them.
Nugu: In Korean, it means ‘who’, ‘that person’. It is used to talk about artists who are not popular, who are nobody.
Omo: The “OMG” (Oh my God)
Oppa: Used by women when talking to well-known men who are a little older than them.
Rookie: Someone new to your area who recently debuted in the middle of the entertainment. Be an actor, singer or group.
Saranghae: I Love You in Korean
Stans: Fans who are loyal to a particular agency and advocate for it at all costs. They also like all the artists of the company.
Sasaeng: Term used to refer to extremist fans who tend to chase and create problems for artists. (Do not be such a fan)
Selca: Popular term in Korea for the word selfie, but that was created well before the version used worldwide. Selca comes from “self” and “camera”.
Skinship: Despite being an English term, the term was created by the Japanese using the words skin and friendship. In Korea, it is used to show the intimacy between people through the touch since the Korean does not have the culture to stay touching and touching others like the Brazilians.
Sunbae: Term used to refer to someone older, be it age (or school), someone close to you with a higher position than yours in a company or a singer, group, actor who has been on the scene for a while longer than other artists. Valid for both sexes.
Trainee: Term used to refer to a person who is training in an agency hoping to one day debut in a group or solo.
Ulzzang: The term is a mixture of Korean words for “better” and “face.” Used to speak of someone who is popular in social media for its beauty and/or style. You’re a very attractive person.
Unnie: Used by women when talking to known women who are a little older than them.
UTT or Ultimate: Term used to refer to is your preferred member within all favorites
Visual: Term used to refer to the member of the group considered the most beautiful by the agency.
Yeobo: It’s a Korean word for dear one.
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