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What Does ‘Gangnam Style’ Mean in English?

Gangnam Style Fail
Beano, TSM

If you haven’t heard of PSY or his internet sensation ‘Gangnam Style,’ you obviously have not been in-tune with anything related to pop-culture (not that that is a bad thing). He’s been on Today, Good Morning America, Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel, and right now his song has over 432-million views on YouTube along with thousands of covers, parodies, and lib-dubs of the song.

But what the heck does ‘Gangnam Style’ mean?

According to an interview PSY did with NPR,

Gangnam is a territory in Seoul, Korea. I describe it as noble at the daytime and going crazy at the night time. I compare ladies to the territory. So — noble at the daytime, going crazy at the night time — and the lyric says I am the right guy for the lady who is like that.

Basically it is a little mild-mannered poking fun at the “Gangnam District“, the wealthiest part of Seoul, South Korea. (If PSY were American you could equate it to him singing about a place like Beverly Hills and the women in it.) And him saying that he would be the perfect guy for one of those lovely, rich women.

Here is a snippet of the English translation of the ‘Gangnam Style’ lyrics. (You can see the rest from Business Insider.):

Older brother is Gangnam style
Gangnam style

A girl who is warm and humanly during the day
A classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee
A girl whose heart gets hotter when night comes
A girl with that kind of twist

I’m a guy
A guy who is as warm as you during the day
A guy who one-shots his coffee before it even cools down
A guy whose heart bursts when night comes
That kind of guy…

Pretty deep, eh?

After reading the translation, I don’t think he should ever record an English version of the song. Let’s just keep the mystery and keep it in Korean.

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