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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Neko-neko Someone that has a novel idea that only makes things worse Indonesian funny creative
Faamiti The sound made by sucking air past the lips in order to gain the attention of a dog or child Samoan sound
Kos Cosiness, warmth, intimacy; kose as a verb; koselig as an adjective. Norwegian attribute
Tima Not being ready to spend time or money on a specific thing, despite being able to afford it Icelandic thinking action
Te (德) Virtue; morality; integrity; inner power. Chinese strength
Ilunga The capacity to forgive once, tolerate a second time, but never a third time. Conveys the progression toward intolerance. Tshiluba growth emotion reflection
Jayus A joke that is so unfunny (or told so badly) that you just have to laugh. Indonesian funny
Nehrotit to Literal: “Not to make X into a sharp point"; a choice not to stress about something Czech stress happiness
Kusukusu The suppressed giggling and tittering of a group of women Japanese sound friends funny
Avos' Doing something without planning, without putting in much effort, yet counting on success Russian luck
Majime (真面目) Reliable, responsible, diligent; seriousness, formality. Japanese society attribute
mångata The roadlike reflection of moonlight on water Swedish nature beauty
Mysa Can mean "cosying up" or "to snuggle", but in braoder sense, it means to "have a nice and relaxed time" Swedish happiness time
Anánkē (Ανάγκη) destiny, fate, necessity. Greek awareness
Viraag The emotional pain felt from being away from the person you love Hindi emotion love connection
Sitzfleisch Having "Sitzfleisch": being persistent enough to complete a tough or big task German strength growth
Wabi-sabi Finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Japanese beauty awareness
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) bathing' in the forest (literally and/or metaphorically). Japanese nature event
Tampo Behaviour in which a person withdraws his or her affection or cheerfulness from a person who has hurt his or her feelings; when you're disappointed with someone yet do not express it directly Tagalog adverse emotion
Yuanfen A relationship by fate or destiny. This is a complex concept. It draws on principles of predetermination in Chinese culture, which dictate relationships, encounters and affinities, mostly among lovers and friends. Chinese love society
Sokaiya A man with a few shares in several companies who extorts money by threatening to come to the shareholders' meetings and cause trouble Japanese adverse
Warmduscher Literal: 'A person that takes warm showers'; to describe those who have trouble stepping out of their comfort zone German funny attribute growth
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society
Iktsuarpok The feeling of anticipation that leads you to keep looking outside to see if anyone is coming. Inuktitut awareness persistence feeling
Solkatt The glimmer that reflects the sunshine off a wristwatch Swedish physical beauty
Koev li halev (כואב לי הלב) Literally "my head hurts", but used to convey empathy for someone's suffering Yiddish empathy connection
Lítost Sate of agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery. Czech adverse awareness fate
Morriña Nostalgia that you feel when you are far from home Galician feeling awareness life
Carpe Diem Make the most of the present moment or opportunity. Lit. sieze the day. Latin positive
(يقبرني) Ya'aburnee A declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them. Arabic love connection fate



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