1. 노잼 [no-jaem]
“You got no jams”
This is probably the most iconic phrase in the BTS dictionary, made famous by RM when he told Jimin he “got no jams“, referring to the Korean slang “노잼”.
“노잼” is a compound word made up of “노” [no], which comes from the English word “no” and “잼” [jaem] from the word “재미” [jae-mi], meaning “fun”. So, RM was telling Jimin that he wasn’t fun at all.
2. 민슈가천재짱짱맨뿡뿡 [min-syu-ga-cheon-jae-jjang-jjang-maen-ppung-ppung]
“Min Suga Genius Jjang Jjang Man Bboong Bboong”
“짱짱맨” [jjang-jjang-maen] is a slang phrase used among young people in Korea, which literally means “best man or awesome man”. 뿡뿡 [ppung-ppung] is an onomatopoeia. It’s just a cute sound for added emphasis.
The whole phrase came up during Naver Starcast live stream for “I Need U” promotion when fans got to write some more lines to the rapper line’s existing raps. Like the genius he is, he performed the rap perfectly and 민슈가천재짱짱맨뿡뿡 Min Suga Genius Jjang Jjang Man Bboong Bboong became his nickname ever since then.
3. 보라해 [bo-ra-hae]
“I Purple You”
“보라해” (I Purple You) is a creative twist to the Korean phrase “사랑해” [sa-rang-hae] originally used by V to express his love for ARMYs.
보라 [bo-ra] means purple and 사랑해 [sa-rang-hae] means “I love you”. Since purple is the last colour of the rainbow, he says that it means he will trust and love his fans for a long time.
4. 쩔어 [jjeor-eo]
Thanks to BTS, the slang “쩔어” has made its mark in K-pop and became popular.
On 24th June, 2015 BTS released “DOPE” as a part of their mini album “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1″, and it has been widely popular until now.
In the song, you can hear the phrase “난 좀 쩔어” [nan jom jjeor-eo], which means “I’m kinda dope!”. Do you know what it means?
“쩔어” is used to express both enthusiasm and disgust — it’s like how we use the word “sick.” After watching BTS’s “DOPE” MV, you can say “이 노래 쩔어!” [i norae jjeor-eo], which means “This song is sick!”.
What other iconic BTS words that you know of?