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Joayo – 좋아요 / Menbung 멘붕 / Neomsabyeok 넘사벽 / Jjaksarang 짝사랑 / Geumson 금손 / Ttongson 똥손 / 4D 4차원 / Ojirap 오지랖 / Gaenso 갠소 / Todak Todak 토닥토닥 Learn The Hottest Essential Korean Slang Words and Phrases Every K-pop Fan Must Know.

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좋아요 Jo A Yo
(jo-a-yo)

“Like”
It refers to the “like” or “heart” button on Facebook and Instagram, which serves as a self-esteem booster for many.

Example)
Some people believe that a post that receives less than 10 joayo’s is a shame.

멘붕 Men Bung
(men-bung)

“Mental Breakdown”
The psychological state of total chaos, which is caused by something utterly beyond belief.

Example)
I had a men bun when I heard my Oppa’s been having a secret affair with the member of GBGB.

넘사벽 Neom Sa Byeok
(nŏm-sa-byŏk)

“Something Unbeatable/Unbelievable”
An abbreviation for “넘을 수 없는neom eul soo eop neun (“unclimbable”) 사차원의sacha won eui (“fourth-dimensional”) 벽 byeok (“wall”)”.
It is used to describe someone or something that is beyond one’s control (unbeatable) or comprehension (unbelievable), and it can be used both as a compliment and a ridicule.

Example)
Doyle: So I had 3 shots of Vodka, 1 bottle of Soju, and 2 glasses of wine
and I’m still sober?
Mina: When it comes to drinking, you are neom sa byeok.

짝사랑 Jjak Sa Rang
(tchak-sa-rang)

Unrequited Love / Crush
Actually from the word “외짝사랑” where “외짝” (oe jjak) means “not a pair” and “사랑” means “love,” but “외” has been dropped out and “짝사랑” has been more popularly used, to mean “unrequited love/crush,” which is a cliché d theme for K-Pop songs and K-Dramas.

Example)
I’ve been in jjak sa rang with her for over 5 years, and I finally decided to man up and ask her out!

금손 Geum Son
(gŭm-son)

Extremely Dexterous/Crafty
“금” (geum, literal meaning is “gold,” but is idiomatically used to refer to something of “very high quality”) + “손” (son, “hand”). Describes someone who is extremely skillful and competent with their hands.

Example)
Whoa! You fixed my broken iPhone! Thank you Mr. Geum Son!

똥손 Ttong Son
(ttong-son)

All Thumbs “똥” (ttong, literal meaning “poop,” but is idiomatically used to refer to some￾thing of “very low quality”) + “손” (son, “hand”). Describes someone who is uncoordinated or clumsy with their hands.

Example)
WTF? You can’t even make ramyeon noodles? You really have ttong son!

4D/4차원 Sa Cha Won
(sa-cha-won)

4-Dimensional
“차원” (cha won) means “dimension. We live in a 3-dimensional world, so this term is used to describe someone or something so extraordinary to the point that it’s beyond control or comprehension. It can be used both as a compliment and as ridicule.

Example)
LOL! My nephew is so sa cha won ! He thinks he can find Sponge Bob at the bottom of the swimming pool!

오지랖 Oh Ji Rap
(o-ji-rap)

“Being Nosy”
Being overly curious and meddlesome, such as gossiping and prying into each other’s affairs.

Example)
Umi: Hey! You should be a rapper!
Joe: Rapper? What rapper?
Umi: The Oh Ji Rapper! Cause you have a finger in every pie.

갠소 Gaen So
(gaen-so)

“Private Collection”
A teen’s way of abbreviating the word “개인” gae in (“personal”) + 소장 so jang (“collection”). It refers to the downloading and storing of a rare
picture of your favorite bias, with no intention of sharing it with others.

Example)
(Tony sees a sexy picture of his bias on the Internet)
Tony: Gaen so… Straight to my private collection…

토닥토닥 To Dak To Dak
(to-dak-to-dak)

“Pat Pat”
An onomatopoeia, or a word that imitates the sound of patting someone/an animal, either to show affection or as a gesture of encouragement.

Example)
To dak to dak… Don’t be too disappointed! You can just take pre-calc again next year.

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