Riding on the Korean wave of influence, 26 new words of Korean origin have been added to the newest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
The accepted authority on the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, has added 26 new words of Korean origin to its latest edition. With the South Korean influence now officially reaching the Oxford English Dictionary, cultural observers say it is due to the Korean wave, which refers to the late-20th and 21st-century global fervor for South Korea and its current culture. Such global engagement has been a driving force for increased Korean-origin and Korean-related vocabulary usage in daily language.
The words added in the Oxford English Dictionary include the word 'Korean wave' and its Korean-origin equivalent, Hallyu, both first indicated in English in 2001. Hallyu started appearing at the start of the 21st century – deriving from 'Han'- for Korea, plus 'lyu' from the Middle Chinese 'liu' which means 'stream, current.' The word is used in phrases such as 'Hallyu fan' and 'Hallyu craze.'
Food items appear prominently among the new words added in the latest edition. Words like bulgogi, kimbap, galbi, and banchan are words that are related to Korean food. These join long-standing, staple items like kimchi, added to the dictionary in 1976. Words for Korean cultures, such as hanbok, taekwondo, and Hangul, are also added to the September 2021 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
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