Kdrama and Film Glossary

 

A

Aegyo the act of behaving overly cute and innocent to charm the audience/fans. Male and female behave in this manner and the behaviour often involves an affected high-pitched voice, child-like phrasing, and the oppa-pout-wiggle.
Ahgasshi the term used to address a young unmarried lady. Also used by a woman to address her husband’s younger unmarried sister.
Ahjumma the term used to address a middle-aged lady.
Ahjusshi the term used to address an older man. Literally it means ‘uncle” but is used in conversation to refer to any man that is older than you that you don’t know well.
Aigoo a common word used to show frustration and the equivalent of ‘Oh man!” Usually used to express surprise &/or disappointment.
Aja aja the term used to encourage or support and is often used in connection with the term ‘fighting’. It roughly means “Go!”
All-kill the term used to describe a K-pop song that reaches the top spot on all the major charts.
Andwae the Korean word usually used in moments of disbelief, shock, fear, or defiance. It literally means “No way!”
Annyeong a greeting that can mean “hello” or “goodbye.” It literally means “Are you peaceful/well?” when saying hello or “be peaceful/be well” when saying goodbye. The polite forms are as follows: Hello: annyeong haseyo and Goodbye: annyeonghi gaseyo – if the person you are talking to is leaving or, annyeonghi gyeseyo if the person you are talking to is staying
Antis the term used to describe a person who expresses hate for a celebrity or an antifan
Army South Korea’s mandatory two years of military service that just about every male idol goes through, usually dropping out of the celebrity spotlight momentarily. When idols and flower boys come back from the service, they’re expected to have a lot of abs, and an obligatory shower scene in their next project to show off said abs.
Assa a term used as an exclamation, much like “Awesome!” or, “Yesss!!”

B

Bagel girl the term used to describe a girl with a glamorous body and a baby face.
Banchan side dishes to be eaten with rice
Banana milk a delicious Korean drink
Banmal informal Korean speech often used between close friends, and by more senior / older people when addressing more junior / younger people in an informal setting.
Bias the term used to describe your absolute favourite actor. I say that Jang Hyuk is my bias.
Bias ruiner the term used to describe an actor that threatens the place in your heart for your favorite actor (bias).
Binnie Hyun Bin
Bodyrolls the term used to describe a Kpop dance move used by both male and female idols.
Bromance a deep platonic friendship between men that on the surface, appears to be romantic and can rival the romance of a drama.
BTS behind the scenes

C

Call an affirmative response, much like, “Cool!”
Candy refers to cheerful, poor, but hardworking young female characters.
CF meaning Commercial Film. Basically refers to a commercial or advertisement.
CGI Computer Generated Imagery or computer graphics added to enhance cinematography.
Chadonam the term used to describe a male. Taken from, chagaun dosi namja, literally meaning “cold city guy”.
Chadonyeo the term used to describe a female. Taken from, chagaun dosi yeoja, literally meaning a “cold city girl”.
Chaebol a term used to describe a character /class in Korean society that are owners of conglomerates. A chaebol owns a group of companies or is an heir to a family conglomerate.
Cheongmal the term used to express disbelief and/or annoyance. Much like saying, “Really?!”
Chimaek the term used to describe a combination meal of chicken and beer.
Chincha the term used to say, “Are you serious?!”
Chingu the term used for friend
Choco abs the term used to describe the well-defined abdominal muscles that look like the squares of a bar of chocolate.
Choding the term used for someone who acts childish.
Chuseok the term used for a harvest festival celebration in Korea
Crack Drama the term used to describe an addictive drama.

D

D Line the term used to describe a body sporting a baby bump, said to resemble a capital “D.”
Daebak the term used to say, “Absolutely, positively AWESOME.”
DB Dramabeans
DB OT Dramabeans Open Thread, every Friday on Dramabeans.
Di-ka the condensed form for digital camera
Doenjang girl a term used to describe a female that will scrimp on essentials to buy luxury items and brands. It literally means “beanpaste girl.”
Dongsaeng the term used to describe a younger friend or sibling. Anyone younger than you would be considered as dongsaeng, regardless of gender.
Dong-gap the term used to describe people of the same age. When speaking with dong-gap one does not need to be more respectful than the other, and can drop the honorifics i.e. use banmal. However, in a formal setting, people who are dong-gap would still use jondaemal.
Dongseo the term used by a senior daughter-in-law to address a junior daughter-in-law.

E

Eomeoni the term to refer to a female chaebol. Where there is a chaebol, the eomeoni is never far behind.
Eye smile the term used to describe the changing size and shape of a person’s (male or female) when they smile, their eyes become small and also form into their own smile. Eye smiles are typically used to flirt or distract from rude or crazy behaviour.

F

Fandom the term used to describe anyone and everyone who loves Korean pop culture.
Fanboy the term used to describe a male fan who experiences intense emotions over his favourite bias. As a verb it would be fanboying which is the action of spazzing out.
Fangirl the term used to describe a female fan who experiences intense emotions over her favourite bias. As a verb it would be fangirling which is the action of spazzing out.
Fan Fiction the term used to describe the product created when fans write fictional tales starring their favorite actors and actresses. Fan fiction usually involves romance, erotic, weird and even creepy fictional tales.
Fanservice the term used when an actor, actress or musician does something to please fans.
Feels the term used to describe the intense emotions that overcome you when watching drama or.
Fighting! the term used for, “You can do it!”
Flower Boy the term used to describe an incredibly attractive, model-perfect pretty boy who dresses himself well and is exceptionally groomed.
FTW refers to “For the win”

G

Gangnam The wealthy district in Seoul often portrayed as where the chaebols live and shop. Made famous globally by the Gangnam Style song by Psy.
GIFs a short, often sped up animated clip, usually of something funny or sexy that lets you watch it over and over and over again.
Gomo the term used to refer to a paternal aunt. The wordis pronounced goh-moh.
Gumiho the term used for a nine-tailed fox, often taking on the form of a young woman, according to folklore / legend.
GY refers to Gong Yoo

H

Hallyu the term used for “The Korean wave.” This word refers to the increased popularity of South Korean on worldwide stage since the late 1990’s.
Hanboks the term used for the traditional Korean dress seen in many historical K-dramas and at weddings. Hanbok is both males and females.
Haengsho is the term used for “be happy” shortened from “haengbokhasyeoyo.” explanation!]
Hangul is Korean writing script
Heodang is the term used for an “empty-head” and is the literal translation – so someone who speaks without thinking, someone who is mart but says really dumb things.
Heol-a is an exclamation used to express mild surprise or shock. It is informal speech.
Honey thighs is the term used to describe shapely, healthy looking thighs that might even touch!
Honorifics is part of language used to show formality, used in jondaemal. An invitation to drop the honorifics is an invitation to use banmal.
Hoobae the term used to describe a junior with less experience. Is more often someone younger.
Hul a Korean slang word used in embarrassing or awkward situations.
Hyung the term used to refer to an older brother and is literally translated as such. It is a word that is only used by males to describe another male.
Hyung-nim the term used to refer hyung in a more respectful manner, OR, a term used by a junior daughter-in-law to address a senior daughter-in-law.
Hyungsu-nim the term for sister-in-law or more specifically, the term used by men to address the wife of an older brother.

I

ICOMYM this means “inappropriate crush on much younger man”
Idol this is a male or female who has gone through years of training only to debut and stun all the fangirls and fanboys in the world with amazing dance skills, catchy songs, funny variety show stints, and the occasional K-drama role.
Idolization this is the process through in which a person goes from looking average to over-the-top hot with the help of weight loss, eyebrow waxing, cosmetics, fabulous hair styles, and plastic surgery.
Imo is the term used to refer to a maternal aunt and sometimes to address an unrelated older lady you share a close relationship with.

J

Jeju Island is a beautiful island paradise that is a top vacation destination in South Korea.
Jjang is the term used for “best” in Korean.
Jeongmal is the term for “really”, “actually”, and “truly”. It’s often used as an exclamation of surprise.
Jesu-sshi is the term used to refer to a sister-in-law and specifically used by men to address the wife of a younger brother or the wife of a friend.
Jimjilbang is a Korean bath house.
Jinjja is another term for “really”, “actually”, and “truly” and is also used as an exclamation of surprise.
Jondaemal is the term for the formal speech of the Korean language. It is a blanket term for polite speech, which has varying levels of formality (there are seven levels) with only a few in use in modern times.
Joseon is a period of time in Korean history i.e. Joseon Dynasty 1393 -1897.
JYP Park Jin Young, founder of JYP Entertainment.

K

Kamjagiya is the term used to express surprise when jolted by a sudden shock.
Kekeke is the term used when writing “hehehe” just doesn’t sound cute enough to express your laughter.
K-ent Korean entertainment scene / industry
Kimchi is a yummy dish made most with cabbage and red pepper powder used.
Kkab is the slang term used to describe someone who is acting crazy and overly energetic to the point of annoyance.
Kkadonam is the term used to refer to an “arrogant/prickly city guy” and comes from kkachilhan dosi namja.
Kpop is the term used for Korean pop

L

LMH is Lee Min Ho and I don’t understand the fascination to be honest.
Love Line is the term used to describe a trail of K-drama characters who are smitten with one another.

M

M Line is the term that refers obliquely to the torso of men who have 6-pack abs.
Makjang is the term that refers to overly melodramatic stories, heavily laden with extreme, outrageous & unbelievable plot devices e.g. birth secrets, revenge, adultery, murder, incest, terminal illnesses, accidents, rape, etc. A melodrama may include a couple of these elements but that does not make it makjang.
Maknae is the term that refers to the youngest.
Maldoandwae is used for “That can’t be true!” or “That doesn’t make sense”.
Manhwa is the term for Korean comics, much like managa is the term for Japanese comics.
Manner hands is the term used to refer to when a male’s hand literally hovers over or stops short of making contact with a female’s shoulders or waist.
Manner legs is the term used to refer to when a tall male or female accommodates the height of someone shorter by spreading their legs to lower themselves.
Mat-seon is the term used when the parents of K-drama characters get involved in their children’s love life and set up a formal blind date.
me2day is a Korean social network
Melodrama is a kdrama genre that is so dramatic it will usually have you crying by the end of the first episode.
Menboong is a compound word that joins ‘mental’ and ‘collapse’referring to a psychological shock one experiences when encountering an unexpected and shocking event.
M3 stands for Marry Me, Mary, in other words Mary Stayed Out All Night.
Michyeosseo is the term used for “Are you crazy?”
MiSa is the term that combines mianhae, saranghae and means, “I’m Sorry, I Love You.”
Moar is the term used to describe a combination cry of more and roar / rawr.
MS is Military Service. It is mandatory for Korean males to serve 2 years of MS.
MV is Music Video

N

NG is “No Good”
Netizen is a vague term for “citizen of the internet”.
-nim is the term used to describe someone who makes self-sacrificing decisions for the perceived good of another e.g. leaving him/her, or disappearing to another country for his/her good.
Noble Idiocy is the term used to describe someone who makes self-sacrificing decisions for the perceived good of another e.g. leaving him/her, or disappearing to another country for his/her good.
Noona is the term used to address an older sister and is only used by males.
Noona Killer is the term used to describe a hot younger guy capable of making all the noonas love him by ruining their lives with actions such as winking, smiling, teasing, and in extreme cases of manipulation, sucking kimchi juice off their fingers.
Noona romance is the term used when an older woman is romantically involved with a younger guy, but at first tries really hard to deny her feelings.
Noraebang is the term used for a karaoke room and is literally translated as ‘singing room”.

O

Omo! is the term used to exclaim “Oh my!”
Oppa is the term used to address an older brother and is only used by females. Oppa is also a term used to address a boyfriend.
OTP means “One True Pairing”
OST means “Original Sound Track” – either a single or an album that accompanies a drama or film.
Otoke means “What to do?” or “What do I/We do?” and is usually used in moments of desperation or total confusion.

P

PIE Chung Jung Myung, because he’s so widely known as a cutie pie.
Piggy Back this term refers to when a hot guy carries a girl on his back, usually as a result of too much soju or some accident that caused an injury.
Pinkberry a dated term used to describe second female leads that plot to ruin the main couple.
PK means “playful kiss”
Plastic Prince is the term used for a guy with gorgeous flower boy looks enhanced by plastic surgery.
Pojangmacha is the term used for the small tented eateries on wheels, or street stalls in Korea. They offer a variety of popular street foods and often also serve soju.
Power Rangers is a term used to describe the 4 musketeers from Rooftop Prince, also known as the Joseon Power Rangers.
PPL refers to product placement — the not-so-innocuous featuring of products in dramas.
Prince of Asia is the term used by actor / singer Jang Keun Suk’s who believes he really is the Prince of Asia, and so do all his fans.
PSH is either Park Shi Hoo or Park Shin Hye – don’t ask its confusing it just is!
Pull a Park Shi Hoo refers to the swooping in of a second lead to win the girl.

Q

Q_Q is the emoticon used when you are crying because of too many feels from a drama.

R

Rainism is the term used to describe anything K-pop Rain does.
Raws is the term used to describe videos that are without subtitles.
Rawr is the term used to represent a personal feeling and is often used in a sexual content.
Recap is the term used to describe a detailed summary of an episode, complete with screencaps and often witty commentary by the recapper.
RL means “real life”.
Rom-com is the term used for romantic comedy.
Rookie is the term used to describe an actor, actress, or idol group who have just debuted in the entertainment industry.

S

S line is the term used to describe a woman’s body shape when viewing is from the side profile
Sageuk is the term for a historical or period drama.
Samchon is the term used to address the father’s younger unmarried brother.
Sangnamja is the term used to describe a conventionally manly man, in contrast to the stylish flower boy.
Sasaeng is the term for an excessively obsessed fan.
Screencap is a screenshot – the shortened form of screen capture.
Selca is a self-taken photograph.
SeGa is Secret Garden.
Seasons Dramas is the term used to reference the kdrama classics Autumn In My Heart, Winter Sonata, Summer Scent and Spring Waltz.
Ship is the term used to support or hope for the couple to actually get together.
Skinship is the term that refers to the physical touching between two people and typically includes hugging, kissing, and holding hands. But it doesn’t even have to be a major touch. If a person brushes their hand along another, or, if a person’s shoulder accidentally brushes up against another, that’s considered skinship too.
SKKS is the Sungkyunkwan Scandal
SLS is Second Lead Syndrome – where you root for the second lead to get the girl.
Small face is a term that is literally used to describe the face size of a person.
Soju is an alcoholic drink, traditionally made from rice and very potent.
Somaek is a mix of soju + maekju (beer)
Squee is the term used to describe the cry of an over-excited fangirl.
Ssanti is the term used for “cheap” but is usually used to describe a silly, satirical dance idols may perform on variety shows.
-ssi is a suffix attached to Korean names, either the full name or just the first name. Not attached to only the family name, as this is considered impolite.
Subs are subtitles
Soft subs are subtitles that exist in a separate file distinct from the video file, allowing you to disable the subs.
Sunbae is the term used to describe a senior, upperclassman

T

Teaser is the term which refers to a short video clip of an upcoming movie, drama, or music video. It is a form of marketing and advertising and is meant to play on the emotions of fans of actors and actresses.
Teaser pics is the term used to describe dramatic photos usually released by K-pop groups.
The Voice is the term that refers to Lee Sun Gyun, owner of the most gorgeous, deep, velvety, smooth-as-butter voice.
THT The Hand Towel is the term that refers to Song Seung Hun -a nickname inspired by his shirtless scene in My Princess, in which he wore only a hand towel.
TPM refers to The Princess’ Man
Trainee is the term that refers to pre-debut idols who spend hours practicing and perfecting their stage skills and talents
Ttadonam is the term from ttatteuthan dosi namja meaning a “warm city guy”

U

UhmForce is the term that refers to Uhm Tae Woong – a nickname given by his intense performance in Resurrection.
Ulzzang is a term that literally means “best face” in Korean, and refers to people who are way better than the average looking with large eyes, porcelain-smooth skin and are champions in online modeling contests.
Unnie is the term that refers to ‘older sister’ and is only used by females.
UST is “Unresolved Sexual Tension” for characters in a drama, but could also be applied to viewers.

V

V-line is the term that describes the sleek jaw-line with a sharp chin.
Visual is a term used to refer to the best-looking member of a K-pop group. The visual is the face of the group.

W

Wae? is an informal term used for “Why” and is usually used in moments of anger, confusion, and disbelief.
Weh Samchon is the term that refers to mother’s brother (so uncle) whether he’s an older or younger brother, single or married. It is often shortened to just Samchon.
White Day is the term that refers to March 14. This day is celebrated in both Japan and Korea, a month after Valentine’s Day. It is the day when men give chocolate to women, whereas women give men chocolate on Valentine’s Day. The following month April 14 is “Black Day”, celebrated by single people.
Woob is the term that refers to Kim Woo Bin.

X

X line is a term used to describe a person that has a small narrow waist along with long arms and legs.

Y

Ya! is the term used to yell “hey” rudely. It can also be used to replace various curse words. Ya can be said while, angry, confused, upset, or trying to get someone’s attention.
Yeobo is a term of endearment like “honey,” and is typically used between a married couple.

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