OMO Meaning in Korean – Phrases & Slang Fan Should Know

Koreans come up with slang words and abbreviations so often that it’s almost impossible to keep up. But, if you’re an avid K-drama watcher, you’re probably well in the loop and can pretty much carry conversations using only slang words! Just in case you need to refresh your memory, here are just 15 Korean slang words and phrases that you have most likely heard while watching K-dramas.

1. Heol

Heol / 헐: “I can’t believe it”

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

Often used when you’re in a slight state of shock or awe.

2. Dae-bak

Dae-bak / 대박: Awesome, Jackpot

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

3. Aigoo

Aigoo / 아이구: Geez, oh no, oops

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

Can be used in many different contexts, but usually it’s used to show frustration.

4. Jjang-ee-ya

Jjang-ee-ya / 짱이야: … is the best, number 1

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

5. Ah-ssa!

Ah-ssa! / 아싸!: “Yes!” or “Oh Yeah!”

Used when you’re happy or excited about something.

6. Ddo-ra-yi

Ddo-ra-yi / 또라이: Crazy, lunatic

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

7. Jin-jja?

Jin-jja? / 진짜?: Really?

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

Usually said when in a state of surprise or shock. Can be used as a question or statement.

8. Omo / Omona

Omo / Omona / 어머 / 어머나: “Oh no!” or “Oh my gosh!”

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

9. Mi-cheos-suh?

Mi-cheos-suh?! / 미쳤어?!: “Are you crazy?!”

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

10. Eo-tteok-hae?!

Eo-tteok-hae?! /어떡해?!: “What do I/we do?!”

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

This word also means, “how?” when spelled as 어떻게.

11. Sseom

Sseom / 썸: Flirting

The very early stages of dating; when you’re not exclusive. You might know that you like each other, but are not boyfriend/girlfriend yet!

12. Wang-dda

wang-dda / 왕따: loner

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

13. Chi-maek

chi-maek / 치맥: fried chicken beer

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

This combo has been around in Korean culture forever, but it was made popular because of Jun Ji Hyun!

14. Dak-sal

dak-sal / 닭살: cringe-worthy or gross

OMO Meaning in Korean - Phrases and Slang Fan Should Know

It’s usually used when someone says or does something and you’re seriously cringing.

15. Call

call / 콜: “Let’s do it!” or “I’m in!” or “Sure!”

If someone asks you, “do you want to go for chicken and beer?” You can answer, “Call!”

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