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U+314B, ㅋ
HANGUL LETTER KHIEUKH

[U+314A]
Hangul Compatibility Jamo
[U+314C]
U+110F, ᄏ
HANGUL CHOSEONG KHIEUKH

[U+110E]
Hangul Jamo
[U+1110]
U+11BF, ᆿ
HANGUL JONGSEONG KHIEUKH

[U+11BE]
Hangul Jamo
[U+11C0]
U+320A, ㈊
PARENTHESIZED HANGUL KHIEUKH

[U+3209]
Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
[U+320B]
U+326A, ㉪
CIRCLED HANGUL KHIEUKH

[U+3269]
Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
[U+326B]
U+FFBB, ᄏ
HALFWIDTH HANGUL LETTER KHIEUKH

[U+FFBA]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FFBC]

Korean[edit]

Stroke order
ㅋ (kieuk) stroke order.png

Etymology 1[edit]

The Hunmin Jeongeum Haerye, the treatise introducing the principles behind the Korean alphabet written by its inventor King Sejong in 1446, explains that this glyph was derived by adding a stroke to (g) to represent aspiration.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kʰ/
  • Actual realisation:
    (word-initially, between vowels, or after nasals and liquids) IPA(key): [kʰ]
    (after stops) IPA(key): [k͈]
    (before stops, or word-finally) IPA(key): [k̚]
    (before nasals) IPA(key): [ŋ]

Symbol[edit]

(k)

  1. 키읔 (kieuk), the eleventh jamo (letter) of Hangul, the Korean alphabet.
Usage notes[edit]

In contemporary Korean, when (k) is placed on the side, it curves as in the example of (ki), 케찹 (kechap). However, when (k) is placed on top or bottom, it retains its original look, as in the examples of (ko), (kong), 코카콜라 (kokakolla), (nyeok). This was done in the modern era to make the character look more balanced. This rule is also applied to (g).

Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Because the letter k repeated sounds like a person laughing, putting (k) in a consecutive manner stands for laughing in the Korean Internet media. Cognate with Portuguese kkk.

Interjection[edit]

(k)

  1. (Internet slang) lol (typically dismissive)
Related terms[edit]