“K-beauty”, “hallyu” and “mukbang” are among more than 20 Korean terms added to the latest edition of the “Oxford English Dictionary” (“OED”). This reflects the growing popularity of South Korean fashion, cuisine and entertainment around the world, the Guardian comments.
As of 2016, the definition of musical genre can already be found in the dictionary “K-pop”, there are now explanations for the meanings of other terms with this prefix, such as korean drama (South Korean series) i “Korean beauty” (South Korean personal care products).
It was also among the added words “Hallyu” A term referring to “the growing international interest in South Korea, as evidenced by the global success of music, film, television, fashion, and cuisine” from that country. There is a second meaning: South Korean popular culture and entertainment like that.
The OED also shows that South Korean cuisine is more about kimchi (hot sauerkraut), which has been in the dictionary since 1976. Now you can read too “Bolgogi” (thin cuts of beef or pork) and “chimaek” (a combination of fried chicken and beer).
Mokbang – Another addition to “OED” – means a live video broadcast of people eating large amounts of food while speaking to the public.
Traditional culture is represented, among other things, by the word hanbok (Traditional Korean clothing for men and women), or “Hangul” (The great Korean ruler Sejong invented the alphabet in the 14th century.)
According to the OED, the inclusion of these terms in the dictionary reflects the increasing use of foreign words by native English speakers. “(…) lexical innovations are no longer associated with traditional English language centers, such as the United Kingdom or the United States,” he explained.
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