and her name was Kim Taeyeon. As a kid, like many girls, she had the aspirations to become something big – in this case, a singer. With her ambition, hard work, and talents, her dreams came true a decade later and she would debut in the South Korean girl group Girls Generation. As a singer, she would be given many nicknames, the common ones being: ahjumma, little kid leader, byuntae, and taengoo. The first 3 names are self explanatory… but how did she get the name Taengoo?
Soon after SNSD’s debut in August of 07 with Into the New World (and causing much havoc amongst the kpop industry as a 9-member girl group), a user posted this on the DC SNSD boards:
Hey let’s call Taeyeon Taengoo now. Isn’t Taengoo cute? Darn cute Taengoo
The name Taengoo does not mean anything, and was just a term made by the user. As explained by silis, “the name Taengoo sounds like it’s describing someone dorky, clumsy and mischievous, not really fitting for a female idol”. The user on DC kept trying to popularize the term, but it just didn’t happen.
One day, Taengoo herself logged into the DC Boards and saw the message, to which she posted:
.. so you call me Taengoo here kekeke.. Taengoo Taengoo… feels so agreeable when I say it haha keke thanks for the cute nickname keke
And that of course, instilled her name as being Taengoo in the minds of many fans.
source; silis7noy2@soompi, tagged.
HAHA what a cool story.
I love her nickname most! taengoo~ it feels like tango dance? cha cha cha? hahaa
taengoo captain! hwaiting! we love youuuuu
Nice post.. so this is why she called Taengoo…
I’ll share it in my country’s forum ^^
J Wong said:
haha lols thanks for the article. I always r=thought taengoo was related to aigoo but din’t know the story thanks!
Is she staring at Tiffany’s ass? Again? Well. she does have good taste. But I believe that THAT certain body part belongs to another SNSD member. coughJessicacoughwinkwinknudgenudge
haha….it sounds cute to everyone….Taenggoo…
uh…! nice fairy tale!
when i read the caption under the picture i just smiled since i didn’t take the picture into account. when i looked at the picture and followed taengoo’s stare i had to burst out laughing XD checking out the wife again, lol
ahaha I saw the picture, so funny !! but im kinda jealous xD
kekeke. i always use taengoo instead of taeyeon. kekeke i feel happy that now i know the story behind it. :)))) taengoo taengoo.. saranghae.
haha byuntae 😀
lol is that really true? wow just imagine their power to influence our thoughts over something even as “trivial” as this. don’t ever get them involved in politics……
i like taengoo and byuntae.fany calls her TaeTae 😀 so cutee<3
oh and the pic is EPIC!!Taeng is a byuntae for Fany 🙂
TaeNyy is REAL!!!!!!!
oohhhh so thats how Taengoo came about 🙂 I always wondered…. ^^
lol @ the first picture… do i spy Byuntae? what is she staring at?….. … …. her wifes butt maybe? lol =.=
And i think “goo” means “number 9” in korean..coz she’s the leader of a 9-membered girl group, and to emphasize her role in the group so it makes sense. Taen-goo..
kekeke~ya~of course my lovely taenggu>3<
That was WAY TOO COOL ^^ do u have others story like tiffany or yuri story ? ^^
That wasn’t much of a story.
Boss Lady said:
shes so cute and if i were the guy that made up that nickname i’d die if i knew she accepted it and now EVERYONE uses it. its a pretty damn popular nickname honestly, people outside of the fanworld of snsd know it too apparently 🙂
and this is real people lol 🙂
wait… are you for real??!! i always thought the members had made it for her or something.
btw, byuntaeny FTW
yes… good instinct there “thegreatjedi”.
what would happen if they enter politics…
madness… total domination…..
votes would be carried out.
worst case would be hyoyeon making her kkap a legal practice… XD
I love the nickname Taengoo. It fits her well. ❤
ahh I though it might be related to the (possibly naughty/vulgar) phrase: “jook jook, bang bang, taeng taeng”. I like this cuter origin better.
my bedtime story…
lol, i won so many dota games using “taeyoon” name, i think i will win a lot more with “taengoo” name ^_^ *tries*
Interesting. Both the pic and the story.
Byuntae in action. Both in the pic and the story.
Only dorky Taeyeon will like a nickname like that and actually approve and use it.
And only byuntae will look at Wifey Fany’s butt like that.
What are the DC SNSD boards? 😀
They’re sort of like Korean forums/message boards, this particular one being the ‘SNSD topic’ on the board hosted by ‘DC’.
taengoo ~ what u looking at ? tiffany ass ? byuntae Got TASTE ? 😛
They should’ve called her Seymour
… Seymour Butts
THANKYOU!! I always wondered where it came from!
@ Greentee – I thought the name TaeTae came about from when Tae’s brother was young and couldn’t say her name properly? Then Fany overheard Tae’s family using it and started using it too? Maybe I just imagined reading this through my TaeNy bias though haha
maybe.. that might be it.. i only remember it vaguely lol. XD i think you’re right, i tried to remember the show it was from but i can’t figure it out x.x
I thought Taengoo was the name her little bro called her when he was a kid coz he couldn’t pronounciate her name properly at that age……or was that another nickname?
like i said before, i’m amazed with taengoo’s voice and how high she can hit the note 🙂
I love a lot of the girls nicknames.
Taengoo is really kute~! ;3
I hear the girls call her that too.
So a fan made it up first or the girls started calling her that first?
Dead Archetype said:
LOLWUT. Wait, i thought her nickname stood for “Taeng9”, as in 9 = “Goo” which is her favorite number. =/
hahaha Byuntae thats hot
Haha, so cute 🙂
hehehehehe…. that’s why… kekeekeke… Taengoo… nuna… saranghae.. TAengoo hwaiting
Taeyeon, the leader of SNSD.
Oh what am I saying? She’s a leader for our girls and for us! SNSD and Sone with Taeyeon as the leader.