The most popular word to address Korean men would be ‘oppa.’ However, did you know that there are different ways to describe men? Following cho-sik-nam(herbivorous guy), the word nat-jeo-bam-ee(낮져밤이) rose as a way to describe Korean men. Let’s find out what it is.
Nat-jeo-bam-ee(낮져밤이) is an acronym for the Korean phrase ‘lose during the day, win at night.’
Does this ring a bell to you now? The term is used to describe men who are calm, nice and sweet during the day to their girlfriends, always giving in to them, but changing their attitudes and dominating them at night. This could mean either personality wise exerting leadership in decision making or more candidly, dominance in bed.
With more Korean cable TV channels showing sexually explicit content, the term instantly rose to fame and was easily spotted in mainstream media. Female celebrities would pick nat-jeo-bam-ee kind of men as their ideal type, and reporters would coin the term with some manly idol stars.
Similarly, the term could have other meanings just by switching around the word orders. ‘Win during the day, win at night,’ ‘win during the day, lose at night,’ and ‘lose during the day, lose at night’ could be all possible.