K-Pop Slang Words Every Newbie Fan Should Know




If you are a new fan, you could get confused reading unfamiliar terms in a review article or a k-pop news article. The comment section beneath all K-Pop videos is full of comments with these terms. Confusing as they are, these terms are the pillar of the community. They are a must-know between K-Pop and K-Drama fans. 

Korean Expressions for Ultimate Fans


1. Bae: means husband in Korean, and it is usually used by K-pop fans jokingly when talking about their favourite idol member or their favourite actor who they love. 

2. Sang-Namja: means a real man and it is usually used to refer to a strong guy, many times a person with wide shoulders is referred to using Sangnamaja

3. Daesang: The biggest award an actor could get for stunningly presenting his role in the drama. 

4. Sunbae: A Senior on the job

5. Hoobae: A Junior schoolmate or colleague 

6. Second Lead Syndrome: When a fan watched a drama with two great actors and he or she are unable to root for the first male lead only, it means she fell for the second lead.

7. Netzines: Korean internet community are usually referred to using this word

8. Maknae: The youngest member in an idol group or in a workplace.

9. Fighting: It doesn't mean encouraging a fight, this means good luck in Korean as used by multiple actors in most dramas. It could also mean don't give up based on the situation. 

10. Sasaeng: Stalker fans are referred to as Saesang they are hated fans in the community because they hurt their fav idols and actors. 

11. Bias and Ultimate Bias: The favourite member in an idol group is usually referred to as a bai. 

12. Daebak: means it is amazing and it usually used when amused by something

13. Hallyu: The Korean wave is also referred to as the Hallyu wave. 

14. Omo: The Korean version of OMG

15. Kamsamida: meaning thank you 

16. Ahjushi: means uncle or old man, usually used to refer to someone older in social gatherings and public areas. It is also used as a rude term when speaking during fights.

17. Unni: used as a term of endearment for an older female

18. Oppa: used as a term of endearment for an older male

19. Ahjuma: means aunt or old lady and it is used to refer to an older woman in both social gatherings and during fights. 

20. Harboji: Grandpa

21. Halmoni: Grandma

22. Aegyo: means acting cute

23. Annyeonghaseyo: meaning hi or nice to meet you. 

Now you know what to translate these terms to if you see them in a subtitle or an article somewhere. Mention other terms in the comments if you know more. Who knows this article could become a good reference for all fans in the near future.



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