On my prevoius post (read here) we talked about different Korean family title and on this post we will explore this title - Oppa.
Korean dictionary defines Oppa ( 오빠 ) as “older brother of a female” but now it has evolved into an endearment. These days, young females, teens, and/or women usually carry on this as an endearment and this is not exclusively for boyfriend/lover but also for male celebrities they like/love/fancy.
|squad of fans|
According to Ask a Korean - "Personally, oppa totally works on the Korean, perhaps because being called by that term is a rare occurrence for the Korean since he has no younger sister. (Knowing this, however, the Korean's non-Korean dude friends sometimes call the Korean oppa, stirring up murderous rage.) So far, it has not made a difference if the term came from a Korean or a non-Korean. However, the Korean has also heard from other Korean American men that hearing oppa from a non-Korean is actually a turn-off."
Moreover,you can usually hear "Oppa" on drama series.
|Despite being younger, I thought I was your Oppa.|
On different scene, Guy A (Chi-Soo) flies into a jealous rage when Girl A ( Eun-Bi) describes Guy B (Kang-Hyuk) as her oppa, again, because the context is not clear and Guy A guesses that she means the romantic oppa and not the older-brother oppa.
Even though calling a guy oppa can be no more exciting than calling an older woman *ajumma, if said with the right tone of voice, it indicates that you like a guy as more than just a friend. And who doesn’t like being liked? It’s flirtatious, and flirting is usually exciting.
So who's your oppa?
*ajumma - aunt or older woman
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