While young Koreans may not use the terms “Netflix and chill” or “OTP” to describe their love lives, they definitely have their own of-the-moment slang that they use to talk about their boyfriends, girlfriends, or dating situation. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, how about learning some romantic lingo? Let’s check them out below!
Mil-da (밀다, to push) + dang-gi-da (당기다, to pull)
Literally means “the push and pull of a relationship.” “Mil-dang” is used to indicate the situation when one person pretends that s/he is less interested in you than s/he really is. It mainly refers to a way of making you more interested in him/her at the start of a romantic relationship. The appropriate English counterpart would be “to play hard to get.”
Sseom-dding (썸띵, something) + ta-da (타다, to ride)
“Sseom ta-da” is used to describe the situation when there is something going on and good chemistry with a girl/guy, but s/he is not quite your girlfriend or boyfriend yet!
Mo-tae (모태, mother’s womb) + solo (솔로, solo)
“Mo-tae solo” is a word that combines “mother’s womb” with “solo.” It is used to indicate someone who has never dated and has not been in a relationship… since coming out of the mother’s womb. (That’s fine, we say! Enjoy your time as a single lady or man!)
Sim-jang (심장, heart) + koong (쿵, thump-thump, the sound your heart makes as it beats) + ha-da (하다, to do)
Indicates the situation when someone or something is attractive enough to make your heart beat faster. Think about your bias. That’s the feeling!
Poom-jeol (품절, sold-out) + nyeo (녀, woman)/nam (남, man)
Literally mean “sold-out woman” and “sold-out man.” They refer to a person who has just got married, become a wife or husband, and therefore are off the market for dating or marriage. So sad!
Bol-su-rok (볼수록, the more you see/meet) + mae-ryeok eet-neun (매력 있는, more and more attractive)
Haven’t you ever met someone who didn’t look attractive and charming at first, but becomes more attractive as you get to know him/her? That person is definitely bol-mae.
Literally means the charming wo/man who makes your heart warm. Usually, people who are referred to as hoon-nyeo/hoon-nam are more attractive and kind as opposed to being physically good-looking.
Dol-ah-on (돌아온, coming back) + sin-geul (싱글, single) + yeo-ja (여자, woman)/nam-ja (남자, man)
Refers to a divorced woman and man, respectively.
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