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Popular words and phrases from K-pop and K-drama culture

Korean pop culture, including K-pop and K-dramas, has had a significant influence on the global lexicon. Here are 10 popular words/phrases in Korean that have gained prominence due to their association with K-pop and K-dramas:

1. Daebak (대박): Originally meaning “big win” or “jackpot,” this word is often used to express excitement or admiration, similar to saying “awesome” or “amazing.”

2. Aegyo (애교): Refers to a cute and charming display of affection, often involving sweet and childlike behavior. K-pop idols and actors frequently showcase aegyo in their performances.

3. Oppa (오빠) / Unnie (언니): Terms used to address an older brother or older male friend (oppa) and an older sister or older female friend (unnie). These terms are commonly used in K-dramas and among fans addressing their favorite idols.

4. Hallyu (한류): Translated as “Korean Wave,” it describes the global popularity and influence of Korean culture, including K-pop, K-dramas, and other entertainment exports.

5. Maknae (막내): Refers to the youngest member of a group or family. It is often used in the context of K-pop groups to identify the youngest member.

6. Chingu (친구): The Korean word for “friend.” It’s commonly used in K-dramas and among fans to refer to their friends within the fandom.

7. Saranghae (사랑해): “I love you” in Korean. This phrase is often used in romantic scenes in K-dramas and has become popular among non-Korean fans.

8. Fighting (화이팅): An expression of encouragement, similar to saying “you can do it” or “go for it.” It is commonly used to boost someone’s morale and is often heard in K-dramas and during K-pop performances.

9. Selca (셀카): A combination of “self” and “camera,” referring to a self-portrait or selfie. K-pop idols often share selcas on social media platforms, and the term has become widely used globally.

10. Makjang (막장): Originally a term for a dramatic and exaggerated plot in K-dramas, it has been adopted in various contexts to describe situations that are overly dramatic or sensational.

These words and phrases reflect the impact of Korean pop culture on a global scale, as fans around the world engage with and incorporate these expressions into their own language.

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