Pakistani anchor mispronounces BTS’ Jungkook’s name and ARMY can’t help but LOL

Pakistani anchor mispronounces BTS’ Jungkook’s name and ARMY can’t help but LOL

In an announcement about the K-pop star's new single for the FIFA World Cup 2022, a new name was born.
21 Nov, 2022

Pakistani BTS ARMY, we apologise in advance but we have to share this with the world.

On Sunday, K-pop band BTS’ Jungkook performed his new single ‘Dreamers’ at the 2022 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Qatar. Pakistani news channel SAMAA TV, like any other news portal, covered highlights of the event which included this addition to the FIFA World Cup soundtrack, joining ‘Waka Waka’ and ‘Wavin’ Flag’.

However, when they said the K-pop star’s name, they made us do an audio version of a double take — they pronounced it as “Jungcock” instead of Jungkook.


Fans displayed a range of reactions. Many were in a state of shock.

State of shock, but in Urdu.

Many of them couldn’t help but laugh-cry emoji through it.

Some were a little more strict about the oopsie.

The disappointment of mispronunciation overtakes the joy of re-sharing.

We’re 1000% sure BTS isn’t reading Images, so it’s okay.

Some users were too engrossed in the deets to care about Jungcock.

It’s the thought that counts?

Though it’s an honest mistake and everyone makes them, we would say that an anchor should check and confirm before they say anything, especially if it’s going to be broadcast on national television. Plus, BTS are now a global sensation, that too with a huge ARMY hanging onto every piece of information that has to do with them. We must keep up with the times — though Jungcock certainly lit up our day with laughter, so thank you for that.


Sana Nov 21, 2022 05:06pm
I think it is ok to mispronounce foreign names. I think it is normal globally, and we Desis are mostly at the receving side of it.
NYS Nov 21, 2022 05:47pm
When English commentator pronounce Pakistani players name they don't regret so what is big here "To Err is Human"
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Nov 21, 2022 07:59pm
Simple slip of tongue.
Chacha Nov 21, 2022 09:43pm
This is not a big deal, English not our mother tongue. Reaction is slave mindset.
mmk Nov 21, 2022 09:58pm
Really Dawn? Is this what you left with for a news?
Ali Zurich Nov 21, 2022 11:22pm
Whatever, Its still junk!
jsav12 Nov 22, 2022 12:41am
Tbh I don't know how to pronounce his name and I'm sure anchors don't have time to read the script of the entire news broadcast before they go on air given the time pressures that news channels have.
TK Nov 22, 2022 03:45am
When Brit and Aussie commentators repeatedly keep saying Babar "Azaam" even after their fellow Pakistani and Indian commentators have made it obvious what the correct pronunciation is, what is so bad about this?
Javed Nov 22, 2022 04:47am
No one can pronounce Qatar properly in the English speaking world
Shahid Nov 22, 2022 07:02am
Jungcock who?? Any relation with a peacock?
FairComment Nov 22, 2022 11:23am
Why is this news. Our names are mispronounced every day by foreigners. It's normal. Get a life.
FAISAL IQBAL Nov 22, 2022 11:37am
Not a big deal though.
Irfan Nov 22, 2022 12:13pm
@NYS Fakhar Zaman is Jungcock for Aussies and English commentators :)
sheema zai n Nov 22, 2022 12:59pm
why do you guys have such a colonial mentality? when the english mispronounce our desi names noone calls them out for it so why is it a bid deal if we mispronounce foreign names its not our language ok
M. Saeed Nov 22, 2022 01:02pm
@Sana , it is okay but not okay to pronounce the Chines President's name Xi, as Eleven by Indians!