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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Gula Gluttony, greed; indulgence; eating simply for the taste (i.e., not from hunger). Spanish adverse
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
Rhwe To sleep on the floor without a carpet, drunk and naked Tsonga funny event
Tsuji-giri To try out a new sword on a passer-by Japanese action violence
Noniná Triple negation. Means yes, with emphasis. Spanish attribute measurement positive
Kummerspeck Weight you gain because you're unhappy ("sorrow bacon") German food adverse habits
Uffda A sympathetic word to be used when someone else is in pain. It combines ‘Ouch for you’ and ‘Oh, I’m sorry you hurt yourself’ Norwegian empathy emotion awareness
Arbejdsglæde Literally "work happiness"; the feeling of happiness provoked by a satisfying job Danish work happiness feeling
Jijivisha The strong, eternal desire to live and to continue living Hindi philosophy life awareness
Overskud Extra/excess energy; do have sufficient resources to do something; profit (in an economic context). Danish attribute
desenrascanço the ability to find improvised solutions to problems Portuguese strength attribute life
Offing The deep, distant stretch of the ocean that is still visible from the land; the foreseeable future English nature beauty
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
Krawattenmuffel Someone who'd rather not wear a tie German clothing habits
Tatemae & Honne The contrast between a person's feelings and desires (honne) versus the behavior and opinions one displays in public (tatemae) Japanese feeling reflection character
Oodal Overly exaggerated, fake anger that follows a lovers’ quarrel Tamil love event feeling
Strikhedonia The joy of being able to say "to hell with it" English positive
Verschlimmbessern Literally "worsen better"; making something worse while trying to improve it German action
Latah Uncontrollable habit of saying embarrassing things Indonesian habits
Tsundoku Acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them Japanese adverse
Gluggaveður "Window Weather" i.e. weather that is nice to look at through a window but not nice to be out in Icelandic weather visual
Pelinti To move hot food around in your mouth Buli food
Titip To temporarily entrust something to a person Indonesian trust
Angrillen Beginning the grilling season German food event
Shibui Old school cool Japanese attribute
Dépaysement The feeling of being in an environment that you are not used to French feeling awareness change
Nja Combining no (nej) and yes (ja); neither yes or no (or both yes and no); expressing uncertainty. Swedish measurement
Rückkehrunruhe The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness. German awareness time
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical

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