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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Chutzpah Insolence, cheek, audacity. Commonly used to describe someone when they have crossed the line of acceptable behavior Yiddish extreme
Schlemiel An inept, clumsy person Yiddish attribute funny
Resfeber Travel fever/bug; the feeling of excitement and nervousness experienced by a traveller before undertaking a journey. Swedish travel physical
Ghalidan Rolling from side to side as lovers do Tamil love action connection
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
Capicua A number that doesn't vary if the numbers are inverted. Also it can be called a palindrome, but the word capicua refers especially to the numbers Catalan measurement
Pekopeko Bowing one's head repeatedly in a grovelling manner Japanese physical action
Fuubutsushi The things – feelings, scents, images – that evoke memories or anticipation for a particular season. Japanese time
Jafjafa (جفجفة) The sound of new clothes. Arabic attribute life
Mangomoment "What can I do now for you, to make you happy?" Dutch love friends connection
Lagom Not too much and not too little Swedish measurement
Calacala Children wading through water as they play Tulu family physical nature
Innerer Schweinehund Literal: 'Inner pig dog'; the lazy voice in your head. It symbolizes the part of you that doesn’t want to go jogging, that prefers staying at home with chocolate and pizza and is just generally lazy. German feeling life health
Débrouillardise Quality of someone who is resourceful and lives with the ability to creatively improvise; someone who can make do and solve problems without much French creative
Charmolypi "Joy-making sorrow". A mixed feeling of happiness while being sad. Greek happiness adverse philosophy
Haiku (俳句) A form of Japanese poetry, usually just 17 syllables long (with lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables), involving the sudden juxtapositions of ideas or images, and often focused on natural (e.g., seasonal) phenomena. Japanese art
Weltschmerz Feeling hopeless about the state our world is currently in ("world pain") German adverse society
Chaval al hazman (חבל אל הזמן) Literally "shame on time"; referring to an amazing experience that you don't want to end Yiddish beauty happiness time
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
Ngaobera A slight inflammation of the throat caused by screaming too much Pascuense adverse action health
Crapoter verb. To not take not take a lungful of a cigarette. French health action society
Volya (Воля) "Freedom" and "will", but also vast natural landscape Russian nature beauty
Mahj Looking beautiful after having a disease Tamil beauty change
Vellichor The strange wistfulness of used bookshops English feeling
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art
Filotimo A friend of honour, but it also implies dignity, pride, sacrifice and respect Greek character friends
Feierabend End of the work day German event
Qì zhì (氣质) Quality of character, disposition, style, charm, attractiveness, magnetism. Chinese attribute positive
Gökotta To rise at dawn in order to go out and listen to the birds sing Swedish nature beauty
Jijivisha The strong, eternal desire to live and to continue living Hindi philosophy life awareness



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