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how would you explain "oppa" to western fans. when i first learned its dual meaning as a sort of brother and now apparently a boyfriend it was kind of odd.... a bit like girls calling guys "daddy" which could seem to have... well... you know.
That’s because you’re trying to assign an incorrect English word to a concept that doesn’t exist in Western culture. The word “oppa” is used as a familiar term for a close older male, from the perspective of a younger female.
An older brother is an oppa. An older male cousin is an oppa.
Your friend’s older brother is also an oppa to you.
That older guy at church is also your oppa.
There is no incestuous undertones like “daddy” has.
It’s just a social label for an older male.
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