It can become challenging to create a K-pop group name for a debut, especially as a lot of money depends on it as well. Koreans have a tendency to shorten everything and create acronyms. Acronyms have become part of the slang culture in Korea, and it is extreme how people shorten their sentences with acronyms. The same applies to K-pop as well -- maybe even a little more extreme in this case. We span all generations of K-pop for acronym names. Check out some old and new k-pop groups with quite strange acronyms for their names!
H.O.T - High Five of Teenagers
High Five of Teenagers? What does that even mean? Are they supposed to high-five each other? SM explained that it means "the success and the win of teenagers," but does the name actually mean that? No idea, but it was assumed that it meant the takeover of the teenagers. They did live up to its name -- teens and adults alike loved H.O.T back in the 1990s, and these five men can be considered the pioneers of idol culture in K-pop. High five to them!
Fin.KL - Fine Killing Liberty
What liberty is fine and killing? Supposedly it means, the oppression of all freedom. To Fin.K.L's defense, though, the group's name was chosen by a poll before their debut.
UP10TION - Unbelievable Perfect 10 Members Teenager Idol Open Now
That made absolutely no sense. What is open now? The name is so long and confusing. Fortunately, UP10TION's music is bopping. Who cares if the name is a little funky? As long as they deliver, then K-pop fans are happy!
TEEN TOP - Teenager Emoboy Emotion Next Generation Talent Object Praise
Emoboy Emotion? Ok, this acronym is even more confusing than UP10TION. TEEN TOP's name genuinely sounds like a person just meshed English words together. As a fluent English speaker, I tried to make sense of it, but I can't do it.
MBLAQ - Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality
Did the company make sure these boys lived in the most absolute quality possible? (Whatever that is..) If anything, MBLAQ's music was all absolute quality as they released some great hits.
NU'EST - New, Established Style Tempo
Another fancy way of saying "newest," NU'EST had a different meaning than the pronunciation. Admittedly this isn't as bad as the others, and though it technically makes sense, I have yet to discover what a new, established style tempo is. I'm assuming we just have to conclude that NU'EST songs are all new, established style tempos.
B.A.P - Best Absolute Perfect
Okay, three jam-packed adjectives to describe a group. They are the best, they are absolute, and they are perfect. This was strange when I first saw the acronym, but it eventually grew on me. These boys were best, absolute, and perfect when it came to performances and music as they did their very best. It's a real shame what happened to them; they had such potential.
TRAX - Typhoon of the Rose Attack on Xmas
Hm. If anyone can figure out what that exactly means, let us know in the comments below. You can also comment on any other weird acronyms you've seen in the K-pop industry. We know there's plenty!