I am baffled by this strange word that doesn't show up in the dictionary. "브금" seems to mean sound track. Can someone explain?

Also, does "브금" has any relation to "불금"?

  • It must be strange. Because it's a lazy, full-syllable word for BackGround Music. Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 19:34
  • diacritic of BGM, [BGM] → Korean speaking [브금] Commented Jul 25, 2022 at 9:42

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Rather than literally meaning 'soundtrack', it seems to come from a meaning of 'background music'.

'BGM' can be an English abbreviation for BackGround Music, which transliterates to ㅂㄱㅁ→ ㅂㅡㄱㅡㅁ (with 'ㅡ' being the closest thing to a toneless neutral vowel) → 브금.

(Possibly it's also a slight play on words in that Background music in Korean is 배경 음악, which could be shortened to ㅂㄱ음 → 브금 - but see Krim's comment below.)

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    As a native speaker, I strongly believe it's completely English-originated coinage (BGM -> ㅂㄱㅁ), with default vowel 'ㅡ' insertions (ㅂㄱㅁ -> ㅂ ㅡ ㄱ ㅡ ㅁ).
    – krim
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 3:57
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    @krim You are probably right - I've altered my answer to follow your comment. Hope that's OK. incidentally I don't think BGM is a commonly known or used English abbreviation for 'background music' - is 'BGM' (in latin script) commonly used in Korean? Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 11:54
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    Yes, BGM (in Latin script as well as its more-proper transliteration 비지엠) is widely in Korea. 브금 is a web colloquial, newly coined within last decade.
    – krim
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 13:55

'브금' is BGM korean pronounce. BGM is background music like 'TV , Movie , Game ... etc'
And '불금' is just 'hot friday' because next day is Saturday and Sunday.
Also '불토' is just 'hot saturday' because next day is Sunday.

'브금' , '불금' don't have relation.

  • '불금' is just first letter . '불' -> fire -> hot , '금' -> '금요일' -> 'Friday'
    – Hanbin Lee
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 9:17

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