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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Schnapsidee An idea you have when you're drunk and will probably not considered anymore once you're sober German thinking change
Hiraeth A deep longing for home Welsh reflection feeling
Desus The quiet, smooth sound of somebody farting although not very loudly Indonesian sound funny action
Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία) Love of strangers, guests; a hospitable act of welcome. Greek society
Ninot A ninot is a figure with human representation. In a conversation, it means a person without personality. Valencian attribute
Pretoogjes Lit. 'fun eyes'; the twinkling eyes of someone engaging in benign mischief or fun. Dutch attribute phsyical
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food society
Beau geste A gesture noble in its nature or intention but ultimately meaningless in substance French action
Charmolypi "Joy-making sorrow". A mixed feeling of happiness while being sad. Greek happiness adverse philosophy
Altschmerz Weariness with the same old issues that you've always had - the same boring flaws and anxieties that you've been gnawing for years. German adverse growth attribute
Duende The mysterious power of art to deeply move a person Spanish art feeling emotion
Geis Taboo, prohibition; injunction; something you do (or don’t do), upon which your life depends, or which defines your life. Irish change fate
Waldeinsamkeit The feeling of solitude in the woods German nature beauty
Werifesteria To wander longingly through the forest in search of mystery English nature explore
Chingada An imaginary, horrible place where you send all those who annoy you Spanish funny adverse character
Dayenu "It would have been enough" Hebrew reflection
Chutzpah Insolence, cheek, audacity. Commonly used to describe someone when they have crossed the line of acceptable behavior Yiddish extreme
Avspasere To take a day (or more) off from work (e.g., because one has previously worked overtime and has built up credit). Norwegian society time
Tuntuvar The day before a wedding Nogay time event
Mokita The truth we all know but agree not to talk about. Kilivila awareness thinking society
Latah Uncontrollable habit of saying embarrassing things Indonesian habits
Onsay Pretend to love Boro life
Xiao xiao The whistling and pattering of rain or wind Chinese nature beauty sound
Tempus fugit Time flies, flees, escapes. Latin time
Avoir la molle A listless unwillingness to do any work French adverse
Overskud Extra/excess energy; do have sufficient resources to do something; profit (in an economic context). Danish attribute
Greng-jai The feeling of not wanting to impose Thai feeling society
Shemomechama (შემომეჭამა) To keep eating past the point of being full since the food tastes so good. Georgian food

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