The Japanese term ‘baka’ is currently trending on TikTok and everyone is wondering about the real meaning. Many creators have uploaded amazing examples and explanations of the word which is popular within anime.
In this article, we explore the meaning of ‘baka’ along with where the term originated and more. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about this trending term as we provide great TikTok examples and tutorial videos!
What is the meaning of Baka on TikTok?
Baka (馬鹿, ばか in hiragana, or バカ in katakana) means “fool”, or (as an adjectival noun) “foolish” and is the most frequently used pejorative term in the Japanese language.
Anime and manga fans have adopted the use of baka as a (usually joking) insult.
The popular TikTok hashtag #baka currently has over one billion views on the app.
@ianboggs took to TikTok to explain what baka actually means in Japanese.
This creator stated that the term can mean various things, such as ‘stupid’ ‘idiot’ or ‘dumb’ and more inappropriate phrases.
Ian also clarified that baka does not mean ‘cute’, so be sure not to make that mistake!
The word ‘baka’ has a long history, an uncertain etymology (possibly from Sanskrit or Classical Chinese), and linguistic complexities.
@areshimo explained the origin of the word baka.
Amazing Baka TikTok examples
A Korean TikTok creator named @yurieoh shared footage of her saying baka in various kinds of emotions.
A TikTok creator named @eliseuwuu responded to a request asking her to say baka.
Another user named @sulik8112 shared his attempt of recreating various forms of baka taken from anime clips.
@chxjulie also responded to a request and explained that baka means idiot in Japanese.
@akeamfrancis2 also used the Japanese term in a recent upload.
Keep reading to find out how to correctly say baka!
How to say Baka
A TikTok creator named @masaebation uploaded a brief tutorial video explaining how to properly say baka.
@showsuzuki shared his version onto TikTok, showing how to say baka in different ways.
Can you say baka correctly?
Head over to TikTok for more content surrounding this popular Japanese phrase!