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Does Jennie say ‘B-word’ in ‘Solo’?

By Yim Hyun-su

  • Published : Nov 16, 2018 - 14:44
  • Updated : Nov 16, 2018 - 14:44

Jennie broke the internet with her debut single “Solo,” with the video still the highest trending on YouTube in Korea as of Friday.

While the singer saw her new single dominate both local and global charts from its release Monday evening, the video has currently garnered over 45 million views, and some fans are doing a double take concerning the lyrics.

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A screenshot of Jennie's "Solo" video. (YouTube)
“I heard ‘B----, now I’m solo,” one popular comment on YouTube read.

Others agreed, adding, “Me too.”

So did Jennie really swear in the song? Not really.

What some may think is the “B-word” is actually the Korean word for “shining,” as they lyrics go “I’m a shining solo.”

On Twitter, fans have offered their own speculations, saying this is Jennie’s cunning way of avoiding censorship.

“Jennie did some great wordplay in that song: ‘bichi naneun solo’ meaning ‘I’m a shining solo,’ is a homonym with ‘b----, naneun solo’ meaning ‘b----, i’m solo.’ a smart way to avoid censorship,” one user tweeted.

Though she said on a recent V Live stream that she was involved in the making of the song, it is not clear if the wordplay was intended.

By Yim Hyun-su (hyunsu@heraldcorp.com)