How to be Extra Silly in Korean

Korean is undoubtedly a beautiful language but it also has tons of swear words you would never want to hear. They can be as unpleasant as stinky socks, but there are some expressions that mean really nothing but are used just to spice up one’s emotion. Koreans really are polite when necessary, so when they swear in front of you, it is either they are pissed off with you or very comfortable with you. Never curse to make a good impression, but if you want to give your friends a good laugh, try a bit of it.

존나 is used with adjectives to mean ‘very’ but since it is an unpleasant one, we can think of it as ‘damn’ or 'fucking' in English as in ‘damn good’, ‘fucking hard’, and ‘damn beautiful’. In Korean, you say...

존나 좋아
존나 어려워
존나게 예뻐

Another similar modifier is  which originally means ‘dog’. You can say something like...

(damn delicious)

(damn far)

(damn handsome)

Now, if you want to keep your sweet reputation, better use the following words- 진짜정말아주너무엄청, etc.

And who doesn’t know 씨발? It's like the king of all swear words in Korean similar to the f-word in English. Not everyone curses, but for someone who is not used to doing it, uttering this could mean really something outrageous.  refers to a woman’s private part and adding 하다 to it means euphemistically ‘the act of making love’. It has several variations such as 시바씨팔, and 씨발놈. Never use them okay.

껴져 is used when you want someone to vanish into thin air. It’s like saying ‘get lost’ or ‘go away’. A milder expression would be 저리가 or 나가닥쳐 is used when someone talks nonsense and you just don’t want to hear any of it. It’s like saying ‘shut up’ and its milder counterpart is ‘조용히 (’. 미친 means crazy but as an interjection, it means something like ‘oh my god’. For instance, you just found an item you’ve been looking for, but when you check the price tag, it costs top dollar. In this case, you can say ‘미친 비싸’. Or when you see someone absolutely gorgeous, you can say to yourself, ‘미친 존나 예뻐’. A milder way to say it would be 어머, or 대박.

There are also syllables that refer to a specific gender.  is used to refer to men and  for women. In Korean dramas for instance, when a woman is cheated by her boyfriend, she calls him 나쁜  with a scary stare on her eyes (haha). In another scene, we can see two girls verbally wrestling each other and the word ‘미친 ’ flies out in the air. A word that can be used for both genders is 새끼. It originally means ‘baby animal’ such as 고양이 새끼 and  새끼 but language evolved and the latter became unpleasant to the ear. It is not at all harsh because even parents affectionately call their children ‘ 새끼’. If you know some more swear words, let us know in the comment.