You might be new to K-pop or you may be a no-K-pop fan and you usually find alien words only your Kpop friends know.
These are Kpop terms that seem English to you but are used in a totally different context only K-pop fans know.
You might find it weird listening to your friends talking about “Who is your ultimate bias?” or “This person is Ulzzang!” or even “She plays every stage!”. Now I say you need not scratch your head every time you hear these K-pop terms.
I’ll list down a few English words that have totally different meaning when we talk K-pop. And you will never worry much about falling out of the conversation with your K-pop friends.
1)BIAS. In as much as a bias means that you are favoring something more than the other. In K-pop terms it means a bias is your favorite member in a group. More that that we have a term known as Ultimate Bias, which means it is your most favorite one among all the groups or celebrities there is. So a Bias can also be your ultimate bias. Or maybe you have someone you like more.
ex: “My Ultimate Bias is Bobby of iKon!”
2)VISUAL. Visuals in K-pop terms is very near to the original definition it has. However, this term is only used for people with beautiful faces. These are usually referred to as the “visuals” of a group. It means they are someone who is very pleasing to look at.
ex: “I don’t know who is the visual of this group. They are all pretty!”
3)SLAY. This term might be very brutal, but don’t worry about a bloodbath coming. In the K-pop world slay only means a celebrity or Idol is doing his work very well that everyone watching would acknowledge their talents. Thus you are usually speechless or astounded by them.
ex: “BigBang just slew their performance yesterday!”
4)SOME. This term might be very vague to you, but in the K-pop world and in the Korean jargon this word is usual. Some mean a relationship with someone on the opposite gender where in you are both still not sure of your status. It might be you’re dating, or you might not be; well it’s something in between. Like one of the most famous songs about a Some relationship goes “It seems like you’re mine, but it seems like you’re not.” [plays Soyu and Jungigo’s SOME] basically speaking, something is just blurry in between. (ahhahah)
ex: “Are you in a some-some relationship with him?”
5)NO JAM. Now, this term is usually heard from K-pop songs that have been used as a Korean jargon nowadays. No Jam means NO FUN. It is a term taken from a combination of the English word NO and Korean word JAEMIL(재밀) which mean fun. So usually people would say No Jam for instances that they feel bored and uninterested.
ex: “This club in No Jam. Let’s find another one”
bonus: HARD CARRY. This term has not been heard until the last half of 2016 when boy group GOT7 released their song, Hard Carry. However, nowadays, this term is starting to enter it’s way to the Korean jargon list. This means that you or a certain person is doing a lot and putting in a lot of effort to make something work out. This may be for the sake of a group or for a project.
ex: “I still haven’t slept since I started on this project. I’m Hard Carrying the whole group to pass!”
These might just be a little out of the whole bunch of Kpop terms there is, but I’m sure your Kpop friends will be more than proud to know you have been learning you K-pop terms well.
More Kpop terms in the future! so stay tuned~!