Korean has its own collection of swear words, be it a local slang or a specific term, just like any other language.
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Do note that we are by no means encouraging the use of swear words but are merely pointing out the readily available words out there.
This quick guide helps you identify the common swear words so that the next time you hear the word be it in a gangster movie, K-drama or in real life, you’ll know the meaning of it.
Meaning: I am fucked/it’s fucked
Use when: You are getting into trouble or being caught for something.
병신 새끼 [byeong-sin saek-ki]
Meaning: A deformed or diseased person / Motherfucker
Meaning: Epilepsy, the actual meaning is an act of madness, or calling someone on some bullshit.
Use when: Some one is lying to you or if you realise that you are being lied to.
Meaning: Typhoid (enteric) fever, a contagious disease.
Use when: Describing someone who looks sick or doesn’t look good. Can also be used to ask a person to die of sickness. (The word is mostly used by the older generation)
Meaning: This is a short form for son of a bitch short, also known as 개새끼 [gae-sae-ggi]
Meaning: low-born (peasant) bastard (bitch)
미친 새끼 [mi-chin sae-ggi]
Meaning: Crazy son of a bitch
Use when: Feeling frustrated or annoyed just like in English.
Meaning: Fucking bitch
Meaning: Fucking son of a bitch
Curious to know more Korean swear words?
Check out Badass Korean’s post here.
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