adj./Noun; 4th Dimensional, person (idol) who is living in their own world (dimension) with a tendency to act strange or weird.
Noun; a fan or fan community of an individual member of JYJ or TVXQ, who spread rumors about the other members in hope of their favorite member’s group disbanding and them then pursuing a solo career.
Noun; Korean word for “the act of acting cute”. Originally considered a feminine trait, but currently referring to behavior of both men and women. There’s a clear distinction between “natural” and “forced/fake” aegyo.
Noun; refers to the relationships between idols that share birth years. They might at some point in their career form an official or unofficial group to maintain friendships and might even adopt a name and ask for membership fees.
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Noun; Korean words, “Ajumma” (=auntie) refers to elderly married ladies and “Ajusshi” (=uncle) to elderly married men, also used as “Sir”, if addressing a stranger.
Noun; used when an artist or group has a 1# song or album on all the legal music download sites, e.g. Melon, Dosirak or Soribada.
Always Keep The Faith
Exclamation, used to express disbelief/horror, commonly translated as “No way!”.
Noun; used to describe a person who expresses hate towards a group or celebrity and even acts upon it in attemps to demolish someone’s career or damage their health.
Bacon is a fan-given nickname for Exo-K’s Beakhyun originating from the phonetic similarity between his name and the English word “bacon”.
Noun; a male or female whose face is “baby/child-like”, but who have an adult “glamorous” body.
Noun; a kpop fan’s favorite idol/member of a group.
Noun; a list that KPop fans have, where they rank their favorite idols. To see an example of a bias list: Click here.
Bias List Ruiner
Noun; an idol who, once a fan discovers their existence, messes up the former ranking of that fan’s bias list and they have to start over with the exhausting task of ranking their favorite idols.
Noun; a large group of fans conspiring to simultaneously turn off their light sticks to express their dissatisfaction with the performing KPop group or solo artist.
In the KPop industry the meaning of the word “comeback” is slightly different from the way it’s used in the West. It can, but does not exclusively refer to an artist who has been on a long hiatus returning to the music scene. Most of the time it means a KPop group or solo artist, who previously released singles, is back again with a new album/single and promoting them by 1st performing the song on a music TV Show (=doing a “comeback stage”).
adj.; literally “big hit/win”,also used to describe someone/something as awesome or extremely successful.
Acronym for “Eat Your Kimchi” a YouTube channel and video guide about living in Korea and KPop by Simon and Martina Stawski.
Noun; an act carried out by idols or actors to please/entertain the audience, even though not actually relevant to their performance. Examples: Display of “Bromance”, shirtless performances or shower scenes in KDramas that add noting whatsoever to the plot, but please and entertain audiences.
Noun; a male person who is considered feminine, but attractive.
Noun; “Korean Wave”, increasing worldwide interest in Korean traditional and popular culture (KPop & KDramas).
Noun; usually meaning a colorful traditional Korean dress.
Noun; commonly translated as “junior”, not only refers to a younger person, but also to someone who started working (e.g. for a KPop label) later than the person calling them “Hoobae”.
Korean pronunciation of “fighting!”, popular motivation chant.
Noun; Korean honorific used my males to address an older male who is still generally in their age range.
Noun; Konglish is the use of English words (or words derived from English words) in a Korean context. The words, having initially been taken from the English language, are either actual English words in Korean context or are made from a combination of Korean and/or English words . Common sentence structure or vocabulary mistakes made by Koreans have also been referred to as Konglish.
Noun; a non-Korean person who is strongly obsessed with Korean popular culture, (but tends to get Korean words, grammar and facts wrong.)
Noun; the youngest member of a (KPop) group or a family.
Noun; combination of the words “Internet” and “Citizen“. Frequently used to describe the more or less anonymous online (fan-) community.
Noun; lit. “older sister” used only by males addressing an older female who is still generally in their age range. Also refers to a female in a relationship with a younger male.
Noun; lit. “older brother” used by females to address an older male who is still generally in their age range. Also used in a romantic sense.
Acronym; stands for Original Soundtrack, usually used for the soundtrack of KDramas.
Noun; combination of the words “pedophile” and “noona”, used by international fans to refer to female fans who are attracted to younger male idols.
Noun; a newcomer group, someone who recently debuted.
Noun; combination of the words “Self” and “Camera”; Korean version of the word “selfie”. Frequently used to describe pictures taken by idols of themselves (usually in the mirror) and posted online.
Noun/Verb; derived from the English word “relationship“; refers to the act of fans, when “putting” two idols “together” as a couple.
Noun; an obsessive fan who goes as far as following and stalking their favorite KPop celebrity.
Noun; smaller group within a large group, made up of members of the existing group, releasing songs separate from the original group to possibly appeal to another group of listeners/experiment with different styles.
Noun; Commonly translated as “senior”, not only refers to an older person, but also to someone who started working (e.g. for a KPop label) earlier (even though that person might be younger).
Noun; a person who is training at an entertainment agency in hope to debut as KPop idol.
Noun; lit. “older sister”, used by females to refer to older females who are still generally in their age range, can be used in a platonic or romantic sense.
Noun; combination of the Korean words “Ul gool” (=face) and “zzang” (=best); refers to a person particularly attractive/handsome.
Noun; person who is considered to be the prettiest/most attractive group member, official title of the “pretty face” of a kpop group