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dalgona

noun; clipping metonymy
A whipped beverage topping usually made out of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. This term may also refer to the beverage that contains this whipped topping. Less commonly, the term ‘dalgona’ has been generalized to refer to other kinds of whipped beverage toppings, such as ‘matcha dalgona.’ This term is a clipping of ‘dalgona coffee,’ which is a compound of ‘dalgona’ and ‘coffee.’ Dalgona is type of Korean honey-comb candy which the dalgona coffee topping tastes similar to. This name for the coffee beverage was coined by South Korean actor Jung Il-woo is an appearance on a television show. When the term ‘dalgona’ is used to refer to the entire beverage, it seems to be a simple clipping that retains the meaning of the original term. When ‘dalgona’ refers to just the whipped topping part of the beverage, the derivation may be somewhat metonymic: the topping is the characteristic portion of the beverage that contributes the flavor of dalgona candy.
 
“My arm is sore from trying to whip dalgona four hundred times."
Etymology : Clipping of ‘dalgona coffee,’ which is a compound of ‘dalgona’ and ‘coffee.’ The description of the coffee beverage as tasting like dalgona candy occurred in this television episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r…h?v=rIpvOdIsN1o.
Source : Instagram user, summer 2020
Last modified: 23 November 2020


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