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Delulu

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About

Delulu is a slang term that refers to a short version of the word delusional. The term was created by the K-Pop community in 2014 to mock other fans' beliefs. TikTokers started to use the slang in November 2022, applying it to personal romantic situations unrelated to K-Pop.

Origin

The earliest available usage of the slang "delulu" appeared on the K-Pop forum OneHallyu[1] on April 6th, 2014. OneHallyu[2] user tinkeobel responded to a post about relationship rumors between two K-Pop stars by saying "…they're cute and both are hot af lmao, but their shippers are pretty much delulu." The answer received 49 likes in nine years (seen below).


Tinkeobel Member + 1,479 530 # 923,302 Location: exoplanet Vite Posted April 6, 2014 (edited) Just bc 2 people smile at each other doesnt mean they're in love???? Can people stop with this s---. (I dont have any problem with KaiStal tho, they're cute and both are hot af Imao, but their shippers are pretty much delulu) Edited April 6, 2014 by Tinkeobel 49 3

On June 19th, 2014, Urban Dictionary[3] user eyeofink submitted a definition for "delulu," reading, "a delusional fan girl/boy who believes they can/will end up with their favorite idol or celebrity and invest an unhealthy amount of time and energy into said idol."


delulu A delusional fan girl/boy who believes they can/will end up with their favourite idol or celebrity and invest an unhealthy amount of time and energy into said idol. High levels of delulus are found in the following fandoms: One Direction, Justin Bieber and various Kpop fandoms. y f As the vast majority of them are teenage girls, their emotional maturity is almost always below zero and thusly cannot conceive the sheer thought of their idol feeling real human emotions and not actually belonging to their fans (let alone dating somebody who is not them). Delulus often attack at the slightest hint of criticism towards their bias celebrity and are rather vicious. Note: They also have trouble separating fantasy from reality. Commenter: It was a good performance. The last note was flat but other than that, his vocals were impressive. Delulu: OMFG BITCH YOU DIEEEEEEE!!!!!! by eyeofink June 19, 2014

Spread

The term was largely exclusive to K-Pop forum community posts until some cases started to appear on social media in 2016, also related to K-Pop. For instance, Twitter user @chaebinseu[4] shared a GIF about a K-pop singer staring at another celebrity, using the slang in the caption "not being delulu" to comment on a fictional scenario they created. The post was uploaded on May 22nd, 2016, garnering 225 likes and 339 retweets in seven years (seen below).

The popularity of the term would burst out of the K-Pop community in November 2022, when "delulu" transitioned from a niche phrase to a general slang on TikTok.[5] For example, user @zainnyd posted a lip-dub video about friends that support delusional ideas, adding the term in the caption, "now we both delulu." The video (seen below, left) garnered 3.2 million plays and 965,000 likes in five months. Another instance of the term being used outside of K-Pop content is TikTok[6] user @nicolebloomgarden's video skit about "delulu girls" posted on December 26th, 2022. The video (seen below, right) received 7.9 million plays and 1.8 million likes in four months.


@zainnyd now we both delulu #zainnyd #relatable #trend #fypシ #delusional ♬ original sound – $
@nicolebloomgarden

Not the water bottle😩😭😭😂

♬ original sound – Nicole Bloomgarden


The sudden turn to the mainstream of the term confused some K-Pop fans, like TikTok[7] user @odd.of.course, who explains in a video with overlay text saying "the term delulu becoming normalized outside K-pop community is so silly to me because what do you mean 'I was delulu' and you're talking about a fella from your hometown." The post (seen below), uploaded on February 21st, 2023, garnered 288,000 plays and 67,400 likes in one month.


@odd.of.course delulu is not a crush on the greasy haired blonde boy you are probably hotter than😭 #foryou #fyp #kpop #chuu #delulu #saesangs ♬ all i wanted was you – ↯

Various Examples


@gsgetlonelytoo Replying to @Nicole Wyant how to be delusional and enter ur de lu lu eraAAAAAA #fyp #delusional #delulu #bimbo #bimbotiktok #bimboification #bimbocore ♬ original sound – fifi
@homiephoibix Idk if this is satire or I’m manifesting #taylorswift #speaknow #speaknowtaylorsversion #swiftie #swifttok #swifties #delulu ♬ Speak Now – Taylor Swift

@isabelunhinged

my favorite pastime

♬ original sound – Coach

@olivia.daphne delulu era guys #fyp ♬ orijinal ses – Jane


Search Interest

External References

[1] Forum – onehallyu

[2] Forum – First mention of delulu

[3] Urban Dictionary- Delulu meaning

[4] Twitter – @chaebinseu

[5] TikTok – @zainnyd

[6] TikTok – @nicolebloomgarden

[7] TikTok – @odd.of.course

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