More Korean words were officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary this October, underscoring K-Entertainment's influence on global pop culture and language.
Familiar terms like K-Drama and samgyeopsal, which Filipinos enjoy in unlimited servings, were included. Adding "K-" before words like pop and indie are also now official in combination form.
Korean food features prominently in this year's update, with six more entries alongside samgyeopsal; bulgogi, thin slices of marinated beef; galbi, beef short ribs; banchan, Korean side dishes; and japchae, clear noodles made from sweet potato starch, were added.
Dongchimi, a particular type of kimchi made from napa cabbage, radish, and chili swimming in a sweet-salty brine, earned its own entry. Kimbap, an assortment of vegetables and meat wrapped in a rice and seaweed combo, also made the list.
Honorifics for older family members or individuals like noona, oppa, and unni were added. Even K-Drama favorite "fighting!" is now officially a word in the English word.
Some more words used colloquially in Korean content and in K-fandoms were also included. How many can you recognize?
Here's the full list of Korean words added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2021:
aegyo, n. and adj.
daebak, n., int., and adj.
K-, comb. form
Konglish, n. and adj.
Korean wave, n. in
PC bang, n.
tang soo do, n.
These words were revised in the September 2021 update:
Korean, adj. and n.
* This story originally appeared on Reportr.world. Minor edits were made by the Preview.ph editors.
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