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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Vemödalen The fear that everything has already been done. For example: the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist. English philosophy awareness art
Nja Combining no (nej) and yes (ja); neither yes or no (or both yes and no); expressing uncertainty. Swedish measurement
Se défouler Let off steam to release or get rid of excess energy French energy stress
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Angrillen Beginning the grilling season German food event
Desus The quiet, smooth sound of somebody farting although not very loudly Indonesian sound funny action
Bon vivant Someone who enjoys and appreciates the good life. French positive happiness
Mitonner Cooking with passion French food love beauty
Mauri ora The essence that animates humans Nogay character
Flâner verb. to purposely wander, to decide to explore with no final destination. French explore travel
Monachopsis The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place English awareness society
Jia You (加油) Literally translated to mean "add oil", Jia You means something along the lines of "give'er hell", used in the same way "good luck" is often applied in English Chinese strength interaction
moņ (моң) Sadness; melody; lyricism Bashkir adverse music
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Offing The deep, distant stretch of the ocean that is still visible from the land; the foreseeable future English nature beauty
Dépaysement The feeling of being in an environment that you are not used to French feeling awareness change
Sonder the realization that everyone has a life as vivid and complex as your own); coined by John Koenig. English philosophy awareness
Frustfressen Excessive eating because of frustration German food adverse habits
Chai-Pani Literal: "tea and water"; the money and favors given to someone to get things done Hindi food action
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
Abditory A place into which you can disappear; a hiding place English physical thinking
Strikhedonia The joy of being able to say "to hell with it" English positive
Schnapsidee An idea you have when you're drunk and will probably not considered anymore once you're sober German thinking change
Janteloven Jante’s law; a set of social codes or norms that emphasize the importance of collective success rather than individual Norwegian society positive interaction
Tulak ng bibig, kabig ng dibdib. Pretending to dislike something, when it reality you actually like it. Literal translation, "push of the mouth, pull (drawing closer to self) of the chest". Tagalog action
Frostbeule Someone that is very sensitive to cold. That friend that always feels cold. ("frost bite") German attribute friends
Querencia A place from which one's strength is drawn, where one feels at home, the place where you are your most authentic self Spanish strength happiness character
Dreich Especially of weather: dreary, bleak. For example, "a cold, dreich early April day" Scottish weather adverse
Pantoffelheld Literally "slipper hero"; A man who may act tough in front of his friends but can’t stand up for himself against his wife German family interaction
Dygn Day and night; 24 hours Swedish measurement

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