K-POP DICTIONARY: Unni, Noona

K-POP DICTIONARY: Unni, Noona

By Sunny Kim
September 28, 2010

Have you ever had to stop gushing about how much you love Girls’ Generation and explain to some newbie what “fighting” means? What aegyo is? Does anyone really know what the strict definition of hoobae is? Well, it’s time to stop arguing. Let’s open up MTV K’s K-Pop Dictionary and get on the same page.

The Korean family tree is one to be feared especially when there’s more than three ways to say aunt, separate terms for your grandmother’s brother’s daughter’s child and when the words for sister and brother differ by gender.

You’ve probably heard the word unni in f(x)’s “NU ABO” and noona, most famously in SHINee’s “Noona is so pretty.”

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