BTS Just Revealed They Almost Named Their Fans Something Other Than ARMY

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Whether you’re a baby ARMY or a fan from Day 1, BTS’ ARMY meaning has one heck of a story. As fans know, ARMY was established as BTS’ fandom name on July 9, 2013, soon after the release of the band’s first single, “2 Cool 4 Skool.”

The word is an acronym for “Adorable Representative M.C. For Youth,” but there are also other meanings. According to USBTSARMY.com, the fandom name “ARMY” also relates to the meaning of BTS’ full name, “Bangtan Sonyeondan,” which translates loosely to “Bulletproof Boyscouts” in English. According to USBTSARMY.com, ARMY is the military while BTS is the armor, which is a metaphor for how the band and fans will always be together.

But ARMY wasn’t the first choice for BTS’ fandom name. In an interview...

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