Just got into K-Pop or perhaps finally gave in to the idea of creating a stan account? Well, get ready to enter the world of K-Pop stan lingo. From Korean words to internet slang and K-Pop-specific terms, there’s more to stan culture than aegyo and bias.
Ult, bias wrecker, lane
These are basic terms used by all K-Pop fans. All these are used to refer to your favorite members (bias). The term “ult” is similar to bias but in superlative form and is short for “ultimate bias.” Because many stans have more than one bias, ult means the bias (whether a single person or a group called “ult group”) on top of your bias list.
Which leads us to the next term, “bias wrecker.” It kind of speaks for itself as a bias wrecker is the one who often steals your attention away from your bias; think ‘rival of your ult.’ These two are the reasons why stans often tweet “swerving lanes” and “staying in my lane” as they are in a constant struggle to stay faithful to their ult, and we all know how difficult that is. How do you expect me to have one bias when I’m in love with 12?
We’re leveling up the terminology with two terms specific to stan Twitter. These two words can be used interchangeably and refer to online friends. “Oomfs” is an acronym for either “one of my friends” or “one of my followers” whereas, “moots” is short for mutual followers (both of you follow each other). If you’re new to stan Twitter, you might want to do more than just follow, retweet and fave your moots’ tweets as being one does not automatically equate to being online friends—though, online stans are always looking for more oomfs to keep their feeds updated and fun. Just like in real life, making friends means showing effort but let’s secure our private information, ‘kay?
Here’s an interesting term: Carrd. A Carrd is actually a single-page website stans use to add a personal touch to their account, other than their aesthetic icons and headers of course. Often found in Twitter bios, these links serve as cute, mini introductions to the account owner and contain practically anything the user wants their followers to know: general personal information, singers and/or groups they stan, more links and even a list of their oomfs.
_eeties, _eekies, _eefs, _iddies
Ever seen these on the timeline? As weird as they look, they’re basically baby language for specific body parts of idols. Different iterations but the same habit for both hard stans and soft stans, Twitter stans like to use the initial letter of the idol to replace the first letter of the words. For example, Stray Kid’s Jisung stans often use the term “jeeties (Jisung’s feeties) when they gush over the way he sits like an ‘anime girl.’ The same goes for jeekies that talk about his chipmunk cheeks. Other examples include “_teefs” or simple “teefs” that refer to cute teeth and “_iddies” that refer to pecs for the hard stans (and no, this isn’t a free pass to sexualize your idols.)
A big NO in the K-Pop world, or entertainment world in general, “sasaeng” is a term used to describe obsessed “fans” who do not respect idols’ privacy. This could honestly be synonymous to stalkers as they pry into the private life of their biases; stealing unsolicited photos, hacking private schedules and following their biases around, often invading their personal space. So, if you see the term “sasaeng” attached to an account, please do us respectful stans a favor and report that account ASAP. Idols are humans too!