K-Pop Dictionary

Essential K-pop Lingo – Saseng, Fan Chant, Eye Smile, Hwaiting & many more

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사생 Saseng

“Overly Obsessive Fan”
The overly obsessive fans who engage in outrageous and even dangerous behavior towards their idols, including stalking them and breaking into
their homes. They are compared to stalkers and peeping toms.

Did you hear? Marcus broke into HIHI’s home and stole their photo album! That’s a serious crime and something only a saseng would do.

Fan Chant

“Fans Chanting During a Performance to Show Support”

Words that are chanted by the fans in the audience during a performance or a particular song to express their support and love. It is mostly the names of the singers and is usually shouted during the part where the singers are not singing.

Lee-Joo-Bin! Lee-Joo-Bin! One and Only Lee-Joo-Bin! The members of Lee Joo Bin’s fan club, One and Only, shouted their signature fan chant.

Eye Smile

“The Shape of Eyes Becoming a Crescent While Smiling”
The shape of eyes becoming a crescent shape while smiling, thereby forming its own smile. This could be a stealthy way of flirting and showing

Nina’s eye smiles are so seductive and flirty that so many guys get fooled into thinking that she likes them.

뿌잉뿌잉 Bbuing Bbuing
(ppu-ing ppu-ing)

“Something You Say to Look Cute”
A word describing the act of someone (usually girls) employing a cute (aegyo) behavior in an attempt to display their charm. The behavior
involves putting up two fists next to cheeks and making a circular motion while saying the term “bbuing bbuing” in a baby voice.

Sonya: Oppa are you mad? Bbuing Bbuing~
Tony: Oh, not any more.

Bbooing Bbooing 뿌잉뿌잉 ლ(╹ε╹ლ) Compilation

Fan Service

“Something Idols Do to Please Their Fans”

Something idols do to please their fans, both voluntarily and by request, such as singing a special song or making a cute gesture.

Seho Oppa! Please do the bbuing bbuing dance?
Seho puts his fists up under his eyes and moves them in circular directions saying bbuing bbuing.
Awwwww, Seho Oppa’s fan service is the best!

화이팅 Fighting/Hwaiting

“Cheers. Let’s fight!. Let’s Go!”
Something that is said to promote a sense of unity. It can be said to show support for someone, especially in sports events. In a monologue, it is used to give the speaker a confidence boost.

Korea vs. Japan soccer game tonight! Team Korea hwaiting!
Okay, I can do this… fighting!
Hey sis, heard you are having an exam today. Fighting!

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Flower Boy

“Incredibly Good Looking Young Male”
An incredibly attractive young male whose beauty (mostly looks) is comparable to that of a flower.

How can a man be so beautiful? Taeyong is such a flower boy.

가지마 Ga Ji Ma

“Don’t Go”
A magical word that is used at the most dramatic moment of a K-Drama or KPOP M/V. It has an enchanting power that glues together a couple on the verge of breaking up. It is most often used after an intense argument, and just when one decides to leave, the other summons up all their courage and says this, often followed by a back hug.

Girlfriend: We are over. Good bye. It’s been fun.
Boyfriend: Ga ji ma!
Girnfriend: Why?
Boyfriend: Can you spare me $5? I have no taxi money

드립 Drib

“Joke Attempt”
A term derived from the broadcast lingo “ad lib”, which is saying something spontaneously, or improvising, most frequently used in sitcoms
and variety shows. It often catches other co-actors off guard and causes a series of laughter, leading to an NG.

Yena: Oh no! Jennie’s got so wasted.
Robert: So wasted that she belongs in a trash can!
Yena: Oh man, that was a horrible drib.
Robert: Yeah I agree.

쩍벌남 Jjeok Beol Nam

“쩍” (jjeok) means “wide,” “벌” (beol) is the first word of “벌리다” (beol li da, “spread”), and “남” (nam), meaning “male/man”. Put together, it literally means “wide spreading male,” but it refers to the act of men sitting in public transport such as subway/metro, with legs wide apart, covering more than one seat, but it’s also broadly used to refer to a male with no manners. Eng￾lish equivalent is “manspreading.”

So rude! That jjeok beol nam is taking up 5 seats ;(

회식 Hoe Sik

Company Dinner / Get Together
“회” (hoe) means “to meet” and “식” (sik, 食) means “meal/to eat.” Put together, it literally means “to eat in together,” but it specifically refers to a
company-sponsored dinner outing for employees. Its original purpose is building and promoting better teamwork, but junior-level employees usually hate it because being together with their boss even after work is quite stressful. What’s worse is that it usually doesn’t end at dinner, it extends to 2-cha (2nd round) at a pub and 3-cha (3rd-round) at karaoke, and the worst part must be the fact that attendance is mandatory!

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My party plan just got ruined because of the stupid hoe sik tonight!!!

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궁디팡팡 Goongdi Pang Pang

“Spanking One’s Bottoms”
A compound word made up of “궁디” goong di, a dialect for “hips, buttocks, ass” and “팡팡” pang pang, an adverb describing spanking
sounds. Contrary to common usage, it is not used for corporal punishment, but as a compliment after doing something praiseworthy.

Yuri: Our Oppa’s just won the Golden Disk Award!
Miso: Awesome! They deserve some goongdi pang pang from me!

관종 Gwan Jong

“Attention Whore”
An abbreviation for “관심 gwan shim (“attention”) “종자” jong ja (“kind/race”)”. This is somebody who incessantly seeks approval/validation
from others. Some are obsessed with social media such as Facebook and Instagram and will go as far as making up stories just to get “likes”; giving “likes” is like feeding them.

Gyuri: Hey, you really went to that party? I saw your Facebook check-in.
Wonmi: Not really… I just fake-checked-in to get some likes, why not?
Gyuri: You are the biggest gwan jong I’ve ever seen…

킹카/퀸카 Kingka / Queenka

“Male Hottie/Female Hottie”
A male/female hottie who is not only good looking but also rich and well educated.

I think the queenka of group QTQT is Myo. She is from a chaebol family and always gets straight A’s in school.

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Manner Hands

“Trying Not to Touch Someone While Taking a Photo Together”
A kind and considerate act where a male’s hand stops short, in an attempt to not make contact with a female’s shoulders or waist. It is also known as “hover hands” as the hand literally hovers over the area.

Look how Keegan is doing his manner hands while taking pictures with his fans! He looks like a magician.


Manner Legs

“Lowering Height to Match That of Another”
A kind and considerate act to accommodate height difference. It is usually done by the taller male spreading his legs sideways while standing, thereby lowering himself to achieve a mutually desired goal (e.g., kissing, hugging, and etc.).

I love it when Jiho does the manner legs to kiss her! That’s so sweet of him.

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