Friday, October 16, 2009

Word of the day: Oppa

I hear this word in Korean Dramas ALL the time.

From (a translation website):

"Oppa" literally means elder brother (for a woman) but it is widely used by women to address any older male friend. In particular, Korean girls always call their boyfriends 'oppa'. I guess the idea behind this is to indicate that he is as close as a brother. Or even closer :-) To call a guy an oppa is basically to call him a close friend, possibly a boyfriend. As you can tell, the concept of 'oppa' doesn't translate that easily into Western culture. "

A caveat: It doesn't sound like "Opera" ... it's like Oh-pa.

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