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"K-pop" is an abbreviation of "Korean Pop", which is a musical genre that encompasses popular music from South Korea. It incorporates elements from several other genres, such as R&B, hip-hop, rock, electronic and dance-pop. It is also characterized by being a highly visual experience, since a lot of emphasis is put on the idols' appearance and dancing performances. It has been met with ever-increasing popularity since the 90s, to the point that it has been fueling — alongside South Korean dramas, films and technology — the advance of the Hallyu (Korean wave) throughout not only neighboring nations, but also the West. This blossary aims to define terms that are commonly used among K-pop fans.

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Unnie — which can also be romanized as eonni, unni, eonnie, eunni, eunnie, or onnie — (언니) is a Korean honorific. It means “older sister” and is a term used solely by women to address women older ...

Domain: Culture; Category: General culture

Sunbae (선배) — also romanized as seonbae — is a Korean honorific. As defined on Seoulbeats, it is “a generic term for ‘senior’, and it can be used in the workplace or at school (though it is probably ...

Domain: Culture; Category: General culture

As defined on Wikipedia, “Shipping, initially derived from the word relationship, is the desire by fans for two people, either real-life celebrities or fictional characters, to be in a relationship, ...

Domain: Entertainment; Category: Popular culture

Selca is a composite of the words “self” and “camera”. It is equivalent to “selfie”. This term seems to be widely popular in Eastern countries. A selca (or selfie) consists, as defined on Wikipedia, ...

Domain: Photography; Entertainment; Category: Images; Popular culture

Sasaeng (사생) (also referred to as “sasaeng fan”) is a term used to describe fans who take extreme measures to get close to idols. They are known to stalk idols and try to follow their every move, ...

Domain: Personal life; Culture; Category: Lifestyles; General culture

Saranghae (사랑해) means “I love you” in Korean. There are some variations on how to say it, which are further explained on the Kimchi Cloud website: “saranghaeyo (in Hangul: 사랑해요) The More ...

Domain: Relationships; Relationships; Category: Romantic relationships; Interpersonal relationships

Oppa (오빠) is a Korean honorific. As defined on the Busy Atom website, it is “a gender specific term and used by a girl (or female) to call her elder brother (or brother like figures). The following ...

Domain: Culture; Category: General culture

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