Oxford English Dictionary adds 26 new words and they are all Korean
If there was something that the past two years has given us apart from the pandemic, it’s the Korean influence in our lives -- from BTS to now Squid Game.
Korean films, drama series, songs and what not have been playing a major role in the ever-evolving popular culture of the world. Now, Oxford English Dictionary has added 26 new words of Korean origin to its latest edition (not much to our surprise).
The Oxford English Dictionary has "accepted authority on the English language" with these words and thus made the decision. In a statement, they said, "We are all riding the crest of the Korean wave".
Korean food features heavily in the latest list, with some of the new additions including banchan, noun. It is a small side dish of vegetables, served along with rice as part of a typical Korean meal. Then there is bulgogi, a noun. In Korean cooking it is a dish of thin slices of beef or pork which are marinated then grilled or stir-fried. Next is kimbap, n. - A Korean dish consisting of cooked rice and other ingredients wrapped in a sheet of seaweed and cut into bite-sized slices.
South Korean influence has been growing over the years. In 2012, Gangnam Style by rapper Psy became the first South Korean pop star to make it to the top of the UK singles chart. He blew to world fame with that song. Then, ‘Parasite’ swept Oscars last time when it won all major awards including Best Picture.