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[Korean Slang] #9 띵작(Masterpiece)

Welcome to Wikinae’s Korean Slang #9


Are there any art works that you consider a masterpiece?


Many outstanding works of art — paintings, movies, novels, plays, and more — are called “명작 (Masterpiece)” in Korean 🖼️

However, there’s a neologism that refers to it differently.


In today’s post, let’s find out how Koreans call a “masterpiece”!

✔ 띵작 is a variation of the word ‘명작’ which means ‘masterpiece’.

In Korea, many internet slangs are made by replacing some letters of a word with letters which have a similar shape.

In this case, the ‘며’ of ‘명’ has been swapped with ‘띠’, which results in ‘띵’.

These words are mostly generated on the internet, and are more often written than spoken.

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A: 새로 나온 영화 어땠어?

How was the new movie?

B: 진짜 오랜만에 본 띵작이었어!

It was a masterpiece that I haven’t seen in a long time.


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What 띵작 comes to your mind at the moment?



0:22 — “오늘은 넷플릭스 띵작을 추천해 드리면서 ・・・” means “Today I‘ll be recommending some masterpieces on Netflix ・・・”


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