25 Basic Necessary Vocabulary For K-Pop Fans To Start With And Understand K-Pop World In Korean


In the K-Pop world, there are specific English words and slangs that you can use to communicate with friends and on community. However, it has some limits.

In some situation, you need to know some Korean vocabulary specifics to idols and sometimes they are not in the dictionary! There are various cases when you could need them, for examples your idol is live on V-App and talks about his schedule, or if you come to Korea and are looking for K-Pop activities and friends, or if you start to follow big accounts on Twitter that communicate in Korean, etc. Plenty of reasons to start to learn some basic vocabulary in Korean.

Here is the vocabulary list of Korean words related to fangirling and idols’ schedule from beginner to advanced. There are obviously many more.


With 덕 [deok]

덕후 [deok-hu]: To have a huge passion and interest for something or someone.

덕질 [deok-jil]: Fangirling.

초덕 [cho-deok]: A beginner of fangirling.

성덕 [seong-eok]: A successful fan.

덕밍아웃 [deok-ming out]: Do a “coming out” of being a fangirl/fanboy. When other people know that you are fangirling.

덕메 [deok-me]: A friend that is also a fangirl/fanboy.

어덕행덕 [eo-deok-haeng-deok]: If I am going to be a fangirl/fanboy, let’s be happy.

덕계못 [deok-gye-mot]: The opposite of a successful fan. You don’t meet the star and etc.

덕통사고 [deok-dong-sa-go]: Like a car accident, you’ve become a fangirl/fanboy.


Others than 덕 [deok]

최애 [choi-ae]: My bias.

차애 [cha-ae]: My bias wrecker.

홈마 [Hom-ma]: standing for home-master. Fansite master. They take pictures and videos of one celebrity. You can find most of them on Twitter.

일코 [il-ko]: You are pretending to be a normal person. No one knows you are a fangirls/fanboys.

머글 [muggle]: Do you know muggle from Harry Potter? Those who have no magic. In the K-Pop world, that means someone who is not a fan.

팬싸 [fan-ssa]: Fansign.

시큐 [si-kyu]: A security guard.

큐시트 [kyu-si-teu]: The cue sheet of one concert.

광탈 [kwang-tal]: Eliminated from something.

생방 [saeng-bang]: Live show.

공방 [kong-bang] stands for 공개방송 [kong-gae-bang-song]: Public broadcast where your idols might be performing.

사녹 [sa-nok] stands for 사전 녹화 [sa-jeon nok-hwa]: Recording of some show.

폼링 [pom-ring]: Registration through form application.

빽층 [bbaek-cheung]: Someone who knows those with authorities, for example, those working in music shows. They get in through connections. You call these people like this.

역조공 [yeon-jo-kong]: When idols give back to fans, for example, NU’EST giving fans food.


For those of you who have yet to learn Korean and Korean alphabet (Hangeul), you can look into the app Eggbun that teaches simply and interactively Korean. The app also introduces vocabulary in relation to K-Pop and K-Dramas. It is also where you can learn vocabulary related to song lyrics. Learn more about it here.