Definitions

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  • noun person of great skill, master, expert
  • adjective exceptional, elite

Etymologies

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From Korean 고수 (gosu). In hanja written as 高手, "high hand". In English often used as an adjective in contrast to the original use as a noun.

Examples

  • Consider the Korean term gosu, meaning “master,” or “expert of the highest level,” often in the context of martial arts.

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  • Consider the Korean term gosu, meaning “master,” or “expert of the highest level,” often in the context of martial arts.

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  • harajuku is a much more diverse area– indeed, some of these boys and girls would balk at the idea that frilly dressed victorian look-alikes such as gosu rori gothic lolitas have in any way anything to do with the visual types, b-boys or dandy-esque ura-hara types

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  • And a gosu at a trade fair hyping a financial service product: “Energy zhànghù zhànghù free at Shanghai Yínháng, if youmen register with online jnglĭ.”

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  • If Korean were the language in which gaoshou were “last substantially transformed,” we would expect the adopted concept to be closer to the one gosu carries in Korean.

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  • Perhaps gosu will come to refer to any “expert” one encounters in virtual reality.

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  • Having already become familiar to some speakers of English, gosu could be diffused to more, and eventually become a standard word in Global English.

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  • Might the gaming community be the portal through which gosu enters other spheres of English?

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  • As it happens, Korean-speakers in the multiplayer gaming community have used gosu to designate a player of exceptional skill.

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  • Might the gaming community be the portal through which gosu enters other spheres of English?

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