I mention this word yesterday in my post about H.g.s.R. and it’s not used often by me. The reason for that is that there are not many that I could call that way. But you can see it all over YouTube in comment section of kpop songs.
So todays word: OPPA
What is oppa? It’s a person. And no, it’s not the German word for grandfather. Oppa is younger. 😉
It`s Korean word and literal means older brother. But not everyone can use it – its reserved for girls. So boys, sorry you don’t have oppa (to your word I will come sometime later).
There are three kind of oppa.
- blood related oppa – this is the true big brother and not everyone has one (I don’t have it).
- not blood related oppa – this is a oppa every girl can have.
- the oppa you love – yes, oppa is also a boyfriend
What have all 3 types of oppa in common? They are all older as the girl who call them that way.
So who would you call oppa as a girl? Your older brother, his male friends, your male friends that are older as you, your older boyfriend or husband. And if your from german speaking country also your grandfather.
Actually you could call oppa every older male, but only until the point of how close you are (you would probably a complete stranger not call oppa…unless he is an idol, then it wouldn’t be strange any more) and how much older he is. At some age the oppa became ajushi (and that’s another story).
Lets make situation: Your older brother has 3 close friends. One is older as your oppa, another is same age as you and the 3rd one is younger as you. Who do you call oppa now? Your brother and the older one. So from 4 males are 2 oppas, one blood related, one not.
Another one: You’re dating a boyfriend that’s younger. Is he an oppa? No, since he is younger. Your friend is dating older boyfriend. Is he oppa? Yes, since he is older. You`re ex-boyfriend is older but born in same year. Was he oppa? Theoretical yes but I`m not sure. Is he? You know the answer? Then let me know.
Some examples of oppas:
You’re born in early 80s like me:
Probably all of them are oppas. You`re younger? Then all.
You’re born in late 80s:
You have less oppas but still plenty.
You’re born in 90s or later:
Feel lucky, there are plenty oppas for you!
So once again: oppa is male that is older as you. He is either your brother, friend or boyfriend.
Younger you are the more changes you have to have oppa among the idols.