I tend to abbreviate. A lot. It’s not intended to be exclusionary, i.e. if you aren’t part of my “inner circle” you won’t get my references. It’s a combination of habit and comfort.
I didn’t coin most of these phrases or abbreviations, but have instead cribbed its use from Dramabeans OT, my gang of drama-watcher friends on Twitter, and the general use of the phrase in pop culture.
Again, these aren’t mine, and never shall be. Feel free to use any or all, but use judiciously so as to not overuse them. I would hate to retire of any these from usage because it’s suddenly everywhere all at once.
Glossary of Terms at the Playground:
OTP – one true pair.
FTW – for the win.
Ship – to support one pairing, think of it as worship part of the ship.
PIE – refers to Chung Jung Myung, because he is a cutie pie. We’ve also discussed dividing him up into pieces like a pie so we can all share equally in the cute hotness that is PIE.
Team Park Kyu! – refers to folks who love the character of Park Kyu from Tamra the Island, played by Im Joo Hwan.
Binnie – Hyun Bin.
LMHMG - Lee-Min-Ho-My-God.
Bora Must Die – supporters of ending the tyranny of whiny, entitled rich princesses who wreak havoc on long suffering heroes in drama.
ICOMYM – inappropriate crushes on much younger men – a club for women with said affliction.
Poor Bidam! – people who feel so sorry for Kim Nam Gil‘s Bidam character in Queen Seon Deok, who gets screwed by the plot and by history six-ways to Sunday – it’s often used anytime KNG is mentioned, regardless of the context.
AFS – annoying face syndrome – when someone’s face, whether all natural or partially artificial, annoys the viewer for whatever reason; can be exacerbated by bad acting.
My I Lub You – used to denote that K-actor you would give your life for – for me it’s Jung Woo Sung.
My Robot – Song Seung Heon.
Roman God – Joo Jin Mo.
Fist-in-mouth – Jo In Sung‘s man-crying to end all man-crying sessions in What Happened in Bali.
M&M – referring to everyone’s favorite ahjusshi Kim Gab Soo.
The Voice – Lee Seon Kyung.
Team Rat Bastard – Those who against our better judgment support Kim Seung Soo‘s cheating, dastardly, asshole ex-husband character in I Am Legend. We ride a bus.
Pool Boy/Ninja Bodyguard – Yoo Ah In.
The Moony Faction – Those who love Moon Jae Shin in Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Together with The Yummy Faction (supporters of Yong Ha), can form the Yummy-Moony Coalition. These two groups exist in bromantic harmony and peace.
Boat or Boating – the word boat sounds very similar to the word bed in Chinese, so a boat scene is an euphemism for a bed scene in a drama or movie. Boating is the performance of said scene.
Holiday Couple - Mu Gyul (Jang Geun Seok) and Mae Ri (Moon Geun Young) from Mary Stayed Out All Night. He calls her Merry Christmas, and she returns with the greeting Happy New Year! They are so adorable it’s like falling into a ten-feet deep pile of cashmere bedding and never wanting to get up from the feeling of sheer bliss.
M3 – Marry Me, Mary! otherwise also known as Mary Stayed Out All Night.
GeunGeun Couple - the real life dream coupling of Jang Geun Seok and Moon Geun Young. It’s a holy grail, people, so keep the faith all GG shippers.
HwanHye Couple - the real life dream coupling of Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye, who singlehandedly made a random drama like Lie to Me into what seems like their personal love story.
Baby Jailbait – Yoo Seung Ho.
* I’ll try to update anytime you have a query, or a new term gets coined.