Internet and text messaging

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terms used on the internet, emoticons, internet slang etc


  • ㅋ- Noise used for laughter, the more ㅋ's the more the person is laughing.
  • ㅋㄷ - 키득키득, another way to write the sound of laughter
  • ㅎ- Noise used for laughter, the more ㅎ's the more the person is laughing.


  • ㅜㅜ /ㅠㅠ - Tears
  • ^^ - Happy eyes
    • ㅅㅅ - Interchangeable with ^^ (rarely used)
  • .\/. - Angry eyes

OTL - Shape of a person fallen on the floor in representation of a failure or mistake

  :i.e., "I forgot my homework OTL" (O - head, T - torso and arms, L - legs)
    • (= orz)
  • *_____* - Smiling face
  • ▶◀ - Used for when someone died (what is it supposed to be?)
  • -ㅅ-a - Scratching one's head
  • 'ㅅ'b - Thumbs up
  • 'ㅅ'ㅗ - The finger
  • @[email protected] - Confusion
  • [any emoticon] + ;; - embarrassment (i.e., ^^;;). It can also just be used by itself to indicate embarrassment. The more semi colons the more one is indicating they are embarrassed.
  • ㅡ_ㅡ - ?
  • ㅋ.ㅋ - ?
  • ㅎ.ㅎ - ?
  • ㅃ.ㅃ - ?

~~~~ used to make a statement more friendly, especially at the end of conversation. imagine over-extended sound at the end.

    • 안녕


    • 고마워

~~~~ !

Shortened words

Shortened form Real word Comment
ㅇㅇ Positive response, low form of 네 (yes).
ㅇㅋ Ok
~욜 ~요일 Abbreviation used in combination when expressing a particular day.
  • 일욜 → 일요일 (Sunday)
  • 수욜 → 수요일 (Wednesday)
ㄳ / ㄱㅅ 감사합니다 Thank you
ㄳ / ㄱㅅ 가속 Accelerate - used on some message boards to artificially increase the number of replies or keep the thread alive. (I don't think any Korean would use ㄳ this way.)
ㄱㅊ 괜찮아요 It's ok
ㅅㄱ 수고하세요 Keep up the good work.
ㅊㅋ 축하해요 Congratulations
ㅎㅇ 하이 Hi
ㅂㅇ 바이 Bye
방가 방가워요 Nice to meet you
ㅅㅂ 씨발 A strong korean curse word, similar to the F word.
내일 Tomorrow
올만이네 오랜만이네 Long time no see.
짱나 짜증 나 Expression you use when something or someone is annoying
글쿠나/글쿤 그렇구나 (Ah) I see!
그냥 Just
어케 어떻게 How
대체 도대체 ~the hell (i.e. who the hell ...)

Text Message Style

Since many young people are so used to typing text messages in a different way, typing proper Korean can sometimes make the person sound serious or angry. Many young people use a style that is considered more cute. However these should not be used in formal conversation, people who you have a formal relationship with and elders (cases vary).

Style/form Comment
A/V + ㅁ/음 (instead of A/V + (으)면) This is not to be confused with the real grammar pattern A/V + (으)ㅁ which turns a adjective or verb into a noun.
  • 일찍 끝남 전화할게 → 일찍 끝나면 전화할게 (If I finish early, I'll call you)
  • 시간 있음 만나자 → 시간 있으면 만나자 (If you have time, let's meet)
Simple spelling Examples:
  • 맞아 → 마자
  • 싫어 → 시로
응 substitutions Using 엉, 웅, 앙, 옹, 읭, 잉 instead of 응 (low form of 'yes'). These forms are supposed to be more 'cute.'
Adding ㅇ as the 받침 to words. Young people often add ㅇ as the 받침 to words at the end of sentences without a 받침.


  • 오빠! → 오빵!
  • 일찍 만나자 → 일찍 만나장
Substitutes for ~요 ~여, ~염, ~엽, ~욘, ~용 , ~효 = Substitutes for ~요 at the end of sentences.


  • 잘 자요 → 잘 자여
~셈 Substitute for ~십시오 & ~세요.


  • (to be added)
삼, ~3 Substitute for ~습니다 and 세요. 삼 is the pronunciation for the Sino Korean number three, so 3 can be used as well.


  • 소주 주세요 → 소주 주삼
Using ㅅ instead of ㅆ (as 받침) Examples:
  • 했어 → 햇어
  • 먹었어 → 먹엇어

(Note: This is usually just a typo.)

Spelled as pronounced Some words are spelled the way they are commonly pronounced.


  • 뭐 → 머 / 모
    • 뭐 해? → 머 해?
    • 뭐 해? → 모 해?
  • 줘 → 조
    • 물 좀 줘 → 물 좀 조
  • 봐 → 바
    • 내일 봐 → 내일 바
  • 되 / 돼 → 대
    • 안 돼 → 안 대
쥐 instead of 지 Sometimes 쥐 is used instead of 지 to sound more cute.


  • 인사해야지 → 인사해야쥐
음 words Words like 다음, 마음 become just 담 and 맘.
~긔 instead of ~고 Sometimes ~구 is used instead of ~고 to sound more cute.


  • 잘 자고(잘 자구) → 잘 자긔 for Good night!
Noise used when 겸연쩍을 때
Noise used for laughter, used when 어이없을 때 (especially when girls are)

Video Examples

See also