Words like lol, tbh, bussin, low-key are all slangs. Many slangs have been created as the internet became a part of our lives. As you know, slangs are often created by younger generations and widely used on the interne
irl : in real life
Koreans also use slangs. In fact, Koreans are serious about creating and using slangs. They basically make as many slangs as possible.
There’s even a slang that makes fun of making too many slangs. Slangs are most widely used by teenagers, but people in 20s and 30s, and even 40s and 50s, use slangs (but slang words may differ depending on their age).
Opinions toward slangs vary. Some prefer using slangs as they are trendy and fun to write. Others think slangs are messing up the language as they are not “proper” words and thus breaking grammar and dictation rules.
1️⃣ Korean (aka Hangul) is a phonetic alphabet that can express all sorts of pronunciations relatively accurately. In other words, the language itself has an outstanding ability of creating new words. It seems like Koreans love to play around with Hangul very much.
2️⃣ Korea’s pali-pali (hurry-hurry) culture can be another reason why Koreans love slangs: they can say the words quickly! Koreans are known to get things done fast. Koreans eat fast, walk fast, work fast, and SPEAK FAST. In order to speak fast, they need to shorten the words.
Do you know what else the pali-pali culture has influenced? TRENDS. Koreans are very sensitive to trends and this trait is also seen in the usage of slangs. When a new slang is created and gets somewhat famous, it’s just a matter of time before gaining nationwide popularity.
Nike Dunk Low became a thing in 2021 and everyone was wearing them.????
Shortened form of a word or phrase. Most of the slangs are included in this category. Words, brands, phrases, and even sentences can be abbreviated.
These simple consonant words are for tex. Using only consonants can be quite rude if you are not close with a person you are talking to. So they are mainly used with close friends.
Conversation can go like this :
(Where are you?)
Koreans took a step further and created a word that has similar shape with the actual word.
멍멍이 (mung-mung-e) means “puppy” in Korean. It is a word.
댕댕이 (daeng-daeng-e) doesn’t mean anything. It is not a word.
But people often say 댕댕이 as referring to 멍멍이.
귀엽다 (gui-yeop-da) means “cute” in Korean. It is a word.
커엽다 (keo-yeop-da) doesn’t mean anything. It is not a word.
But people often say 커엽다 to refer 귀엽다.
Look at the words closely.
Aren’t they similar? ????
There are so many other slangs that we cannot cover in this post! ????
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