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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Spannungsbogen A sequence of events which build up suspense and/or tension German event exciting
Schnapsleiche So who passed out drunk ("liquor corpse") German adverse event friends
Surströmmingspremier The first day of the year where it acceptable eat rotten herring. Swedish food event
Abhisar (অভিসার) Lit. 'going towards'; a meeting (often secret) between lovers / partners. Bengali love event
Serendipity The development of events by chance that result in a beneficial way Tamil event beauty life
Irusu Pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door Japanese event funny
Queesting Inviting a lover into your bed for some pillow talk Dutch love action event
Oodal Overly exaggerated, fake anger that follows a lovers’ quarrel Tamil love event feeling
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Utepils The act of sitting outside on a sunny day enjoying a beer Norwegian event life positive
Feierabend End of the work day German event
Tartle The act of hesitating while introducing someone because you've forgotten their name Scottish funny event friends
Prozvonit To call a mobile phone and let it ring once so that the other person will call back, saving the first caller money. Czech life funny event
Rhwe To sleep on the floor without a carpet, drunk and naked Tsonga funny event
Wegbier A beer you're having on your way somewhere (i.e. a party) German friends event food
Sturmfrei Having the house or flat to oneself German event
Bilita Mpash Opposite of a nightmare Bantu positive event
Tuntuvar The day before a wedding Nogay time event
Shinrin-yoku (森林浴) bathing' in the forest (literally and/or metaphorically). Japanese nature event
Desvelarse To wake up in the middle of the night. Be unable to fall asleep. Spanish event adverse
Ḥôjônsô (һөйөнсө) Good news for which a reward is given Bashkir positive event
Yoisho A word without meaning, said when flopping into a chair after a hard day at work or lifting a heavy bag. Japanese event physical work
Age-otori The bad feeling one gets after a terrible haircut Japanese adverse event feeling
S’encoubler To describe a fall, but specifically one where you fell due to being tangled in something French physical event adverse
Listopad The falling of the leaves Russian nature event

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