Bulgogi joengol - Korean hotpot. Bulgogi is among 26 Korean words that were added to the Oxford English Dictionary in September 2021, joining earlier entries including K-pop and kimchi. Photo: SCMP/Jonathan Wong Bulgogi joengol - Korean hotpot. Bulgogi is among 26 Korean words that were added to the Oxford English Dictionary in September 2021, joining earlier entries including K-pop and kimchi. Photo: SCMP/Jonathan Wong
Bulgogi joengol - Korean hotpot. Bulgogi is among 26 Korean words that were added to the Oxford English Dictionary in September 2021, joining earlier entries including K-pop and kimchi. Photo: SCMP/Jonathan Wong
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Korean wave sweeps over Oxford English Dictionary – bulgogi, galbi and kimbap among 26 new Korean entries, joining K-pop and kimchi

  • The world is watching K-dramas, listening to K-pop and consuming K-beauty products and Korean food, making Korean words familiar to many
  • While K stands for Korean in English, South Korea’s official name translates as ‘the Democratic Nation of the Great Han’ and North Korea is Joseon

Bulgogi joengol - Korean hotpot. Bulgogi is among 26 Korean words that were added to the Oxford English Dictionary in September 2021, joining earlier entries including K-pop and kimchi. Photo: SCMP/Jonathan Wong Bulgogi joengol - Korean hotpot. Bulgogi is among 26 Korean words that were added to the Oxford English Dictionary in September 2021, joining earlier entries including K-pop and kimchi. Photo: SCMP/Jonathan Wong
Bulgogi joengol - Korean hotpot. Bulgogi is among 26 Korean words that were added to the Oxford English Dictionary in September 2021, joining earlier entries including K-pop and kimchi. Photo: SCMP/Jonathan Wong
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