The Oxford English Dictionary will be adding 26 Korean words

The Oxford English Dictionary will be adding 26 Korean words

Has the South Korean influence reached its peak?

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'Squid Game', BTS, 'Parasite', the list goes on.

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It's absolutely undeniable that Korean culture has burst into the Western world with a force that is unmatched.

Just ask the #BTSArmy... if you dare.

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From music to food, to series, the culture has been accepted in a big way and has become integrated into the lives of many people across the globe.

Even if you are not a die-hard fan, there has bound to have been some South Korean influence in your life in some way over the last few years.

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Now the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which calls itself "the definitive record of the English language", is also joining in on the K-craze!

The dictionary has decided it would be adding 26 Korean words to its latest edition.

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While a large part of the list consists of food, there is also a significant amount of pop culture representation. All in all it's a good mix to start with.

Here are a few of the Korean words that have been added to the OED:

  • hallyu, n. - The increase in international interest in South Korea and its popular culture, represented by the global success of South Korean music, film, TV, fashion and food.
  • K-drama, n. - A television series in the Korean language and produced in South Korea.
  • manhwa, n. - A Korean genre of cartoons and comic books, often influenced by Japanese manga.
  • mukbang, n. - A video, esp. one that is livestreamed, that features a person eating a large quantity of food and talking to the audience.
  • banchan, noun. - A small side dish of vegetables, served along with rice as part of a typical Korean meal.
  • bulgogi, n. - In Korean cooking: a dish of thin slices of beef or pork which are marinated then grilled or stir-fried.
  • kimbap, n. - A Korean dish consisting of cooked rice and other ingredients wrapped in a sheet of seaweed and cut into bite-sized slices.

If you haven't caught up with the K-craze yet, now might be the perfect time to start your edu-K-tion.

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