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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Mechaye Joy, pleasure; something that gives great joy/pleasure. Yiddish positive
On (恩) A feeling of moral indebtedness, relating to a favour or blessing given by others. Japanese life
Athazagoraphobia The fear of forgetting, being forgotten or ignored, or being replaced English reflection thinking
Şırış Mucus or the sweet sugary residue from fruits or other treats Nogay food
Ser/Estar The verb 'to be' is two different verbs in Spanish. Ser is 'what you are' and estar is 'how you are/where you are' Spanish attribute
Acoy Something that is either very positive or negative Indonesian positive measurement
Être dépaysé To be in an environment you're not used to French change society awareness
Fisselig Being flustered to the point of incompetence German stress
Verschlimmbesserung An attempt at improvement that makes things worse than they already were German adverse
Tempus fugit Time flies, flees, escapes. Latin time
Klexos the art of dwelling on the past; coined by John Koenig. English thinking
Nadryv (Надрыв) Literally means "to tear or break", but can also mean the inner tension of someone who is about to break Russian stress emotion
Dapjeongneo Used when someone asks a question despite knowing the answer, expecting the listener to make a smart and studied guess Korean society interaction
Nito-onna A woman so dedicated to her career that she has no time to iron blouses, so dresses only in knitted tops. Japanese society work
kaizen Continuous growth Japanese growth
Schnappsidee An idea so stupid the person must have thought of it while drunk German funny thinking creativity
Sgriob The itchiness of the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky Irish physical food
Arbejdsglæde Literally "work happiness"; the feeling of happiness provoked by a satisfying job Danish work happiness feeling
Lha’i rnal ‘byor (ལྷའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར) Deity meditation/yoga; an advanced practice in which one visualises interacting with, or ‘accomplishing’ (i.e., being), a deity. Tibetan awareness physical
L'esprit de l'escalier Thinking of the perfect reply after the conversation is over. French friends interaction
Cwtch Wrapping of your arms around someone to make them feel safe in the world Welsh love connection
Gezellig A warm feeling of cozyness, but also have good times with friends af a party. Dutch feeling positive
sobremesa After-dinner conversation Spanish food friends
Dadirri Inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness out of respect. Ngangiwumirr awareness
Milozvučan Having a sweet and gentle voice Croatian attribute physical
Kuebiko A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence Japanese adverse feeling
Jhoota Food eaten by someone and left in the plate Hindi food
Gezelligheid Coziness, fun, the general togetherness that gives people a warm feeling. Dutch friends society positive
Pochemuchka A person who asks a lot of questions Russian friends attribute habits
Rubatosis The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat English physical health awareness




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