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Ooh boy, this week’s DICKS was a raunchy one. First off Soo Zee and I do the robot arms of awkwardness as we talked about one of Korea’s most popular slang terms.

멘붕

Even though “멘붕” has been around for awhile, it’s still used A LOT. Tiffany from SNSD shouts it in “I got a boy”. I totally screwed up that part in the video, but the actual line is, “나, 깜짝! 멘붕이야!” I do use 멘붕 a lot as well, like when my laptop suddenly turns off and projects I’ve been working on for hours, poured my whole heart into, didn’t save and are completely gone. Or when I couldn’t answer something on a test. That’s a 멘붕 situation right there.

It’s a shortened word from the phrase 멘탈 붕괴. Literally translated, it means “MY MENTAL FACULTIES ARE COLLAPSING!”

Basically you can use 멘붕 when:
A) things get too absurd
B) you are freaked out/shocked/embarrassed/enraged
C) during an epic fail
D) you are not your normal, reasonable self

멘붕 is used like an adjective, most commonly with “오다”
1) 아…나 멘붕 왔어
2) 지금 멘붕이야…
3) 완전 멘붕 상태야

I found a perfect image to help you understand!

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Manscaping

“Manscaping” is also a shortened word. It’s a slurring of the words “man” and “landscaping,” and it refers to male grooming, specifically hair removal.

Not everyone grew up in a house with a yard, so first let’s explain landscaping. Landscaping encompasses all the stuff you do to make your yard look good. You plant flowers, you trim the overgrowth, you maybe even buy a few lawn ornaments. Well, in the garden of men and their most favouritest body part, a few people might want to plant flowers, trim the overgrowth, and perhaps even decorate with some ornaments there too. I am of course talking about trimming male body hair, or “manscaping,” as we like to call it.

Of course, not every man does manscaping. Soo Zee pointed out in the video that Korean men don’t believe in manscaping AT ALL. It may not have been super clear in the video, but manscaping isn’t just limited to the nether regions; I have more than one guy friend who gets their back hair or chest hair waxed for the ladies.

In any case, if you’d like to discuss manscaping with your friends, make sure you use it is a noun, because even though it looks like a verb, it isn’t one. Here are some example sentences that might help you get the hang of it:

He must do some manscaping.
I don’t understand the point of manscaping.
I keep telling him if he doesn’t start manscaping, he’ll never get a girlfriend.

Bonus Round: 뻑이가요?

“뻑이가요 뻑뻑-뻑-뻑-뻑이가요~~~~” Sorry but I can’t resist singing this song!!!! It’s is really hard to explain this one. In my opinion, GD&TOP’s song might been banned because “뻑” sounds like the F word. But really, it’s not even close to a bad word.

뻑이가요 means two things. Mostly, it just means you are enamored of someone, but it can also be used in WTF situations to convey shock and a bit of snobby attitude. So GD&TOP’s song contains two meanings: sure they are both famous and get a lot attention and people look up to them, but they’re also commenting on it, saying they couldn’t believe all of it’s happening! Clever, clever boys.

We’ve really been digging your questions and suggestions. Please let us know what kind of Korean stuff you want to learn! And you should probably click that big red button down there to subscribe for more DICKS. It’s educational, you know. And it makes you taller and better looking and clears up acne too. Okay, maybe it doesn’t make you taller, but subscribing does clear up your acne.

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  1. SooZee you anticipated my question for CL’s solo song. I remembered you explained what 멘붕 means. :) thanks

  2. Oh dear… the romanization topic was brought ever since the first DICKS, and ppl (including me myself) tried to explain everyone who wanted to see romanized Korean that it’s not helping and even worsen you reading attempts~^^
    Sorry… no romanization team here! ;P

  3. Wasn’t it Yoona’s line?

  4. being an art major in America, the word vajazzling comes up more often than i’d like to admit -_____-;

  5. omgosh this definitely needs to be the first post people see after this week’s dicks…. that was hilarious! british comedy wins another^^

  6. subscribe for more DICKS >.< if I weren't in public right now, I'd be losing it :D

  7. You need a segment on Very Aggressive Girls; or something along that line. ;)

  8. Wow, that was great Leigh and SooZee! It was good too that you commented that Korean guys don’t do manscaping but maybe they should…. I mean a lot of them have no hair on their chests, what about other areas? I had not heard of vajazzling, so I am actually learning just as much from the english segments as from the Korean – cool! BTW, I thought that the wardrobe choices were good this week, more matching. Fashionista tip though: if you wear a short sweater over a babydoll dress, if makes you look preggers and well, be careful for bra-slips on the side if you are not wearing a sweater and your blouse has low armholes.

    I really liked the actions to go with the words, it helped me remember them better, especially for the Korean. Please feel free to make up silly dance moves to illustrate the expressions ;) Can’t wait for the next one, I am glad that you filmed some ahead of time to give Leigh some……leeway ;P

  9. Wow I’ve never heard of manscaping before, though nowadays men are starting to shave more than their face.
    멘붕. I have a lot of 멘붕 moments, like when I found out about manscaping!

  10. HAHAHAHA its a wild man-jungle!?? I litterly fell of the chair from laughing so much!!!!!!

  11. and it’s not even Tiffany who says it it’s Yoona lol xD

  12. Menboong! I knew that one from the Crispi Crunch song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrBrTnSsjWg

    Did you spot the GD lookalike at 1:24? XD. He’s in a rap duo now… or was last December… haven’t heard anything from them lately.

  13. I’ve seen a lot of signs i Korea everywhere with the words “Budongsan” (부동산). What does it mean? :/

  14. And everytime that scene pops up in that video, her lenses freak me out. COLORED LENSES FREAK ME OUT. Like some sort of blue-eyed demonspawn.

  15. Usually you can reference just about any body hair, whether its the more generic back/chest growth, all the way down to the naughty bits.

  16. i always thought manscaping was an overall sort of thing…. like working out plus shaving plus taking care of his skin plus maybe going down south for a trim…… and i never knew there was a word for what i guess is getting a lady shave…. the world is wide….

  17. Soozee! I didn’t quite understand how to use 뻑이가요 in the sense of being shocked. Can you give an example? Thanks! =D

    PS.: Damn, I wish subscribing would actually clear my acne! LOL

  18. So portmanteau is common in Korean as well?

  19. Wait! If Leigh is in Busan now for school, what’s gonna happen to this segment? Or was this explained somewhere already? Miss you, Intern Leigh! ;_;

  20. This manscaping thing weirded me out a lot I dont know why? I knew men were doing it but now mind is totally shocked all about korean men. Holy mother of god! They were so perfect in my mind :D

  21. xDD Vajazzeling I think it’s like putting sparkles and glitter…. you know… there XDD

  22. wait so isn’t 멘붕 basically like being mind blown? well I mean, mind blown is not in awkward situations, but it feels, like… if I feel like somebody blew my mind, I can say “와 멘붕이 왔다!” no? xD I actually didn’t know manscaping but I do know people in Russia do it XDD as in… men..

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