Eunoia

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Zugzwang To be forced to make a move even though it will likely to be at your disadvantage German action interaction philosophy
Feierabend End of the work day German event
Extrawunsch Someone who is slowing things down by being fussy, making everything more complicated than necessary German stress adverse action
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
Zhì (智) Wisdom, perspicacity, knowledge. Chinese thinking awareness
Manja Childlike behaviour by women designed to elicit sympathy or pampering by men Malay attribute
Utura-utura (うつらうつら) To drift between sleep and wakefulness. Japanese event time phsyical
Paasa A person who leads someone on (intentionally or not). Appearing as if they are genuinely interested romantically when they aren’t Tagalog adverse interaction awareness
Débrouille May be synonymous with resourceful, but it is more of a way of living by making do with little and improvising with what you have French creative
Eunoia A well-mind; beautiful thinking Greek beauty
Duende The mysterious power of art to deeply move a person Spanish art feeling emotion
Sonder the realization that everyone has a life as vivid and complex as your own); coined by John Koenig. English philosophy awareness
Schlemiel An inept, clumsy person Yiddish attribute funny
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
Voorpret That feeling of excitement you get even before an event actually takes place. Literally translates to “pre-fun.” Dutch happiness feeling exciting
Lepos Charm, grace, wit, elegance, allure. Latin positive attribute
Mātauranga The comprehension, or understanding of the universe Nogay awareness thinking reflection
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
Nedoperepitj (недоперепить) To drink more than one should have, but less than one would have wanted. To fail to drink too much. Russian funny action
Tôpäj (төпәй) Interjection that is used to forewarn a child of falling Bashkir action
Handschuhschneeballwerfer A person who wears gloves to throw snowballs; a wimp German action attribute
Rén (仁) Humanity, benevolence; the positive feeling enjoyed by a virtuous person through altruistic behaviour. Chinese positive
Talaka Every member of a neighborhood getting together to do a work for free for a poor member of their community Nogay community connection
Karelu The mark left on the skin by wearing something tight Tulu physical
Sgriob The itchiness of the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky Irish physical food




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