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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Donaldkacsázás Translated as “Donald ducking” or wandering around one’s house with a shirt but no trousers Hungarian funny action
Mencomot Stealing things of small value, mostly for fun rather than out of necessity. Indonesian action funny
Schnappsidee An idea so stupid the person must have thought of it while drunk German funny thinking creativity
Trepverter A witty comeback you think of only when it’s too late to use Yiddish funny life
Tartle The act of hesitating while introducing someone because you've forgotten their name Scottish funny event friends
Chindogu A person seemingly inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem, but are in fact nothing more than a useless gag Japanese creative funny
Kabelsalat Tangled up cables; literally “cable-salad" German funny physical
Treppenwitz Literal: "staircase joke", because the witty retort usually hits you in the stairwell on your way out German funny
Irusu Pretending to be out when someone knocks at your door Japanese event funny
Rhwe To sleep on the floor without a carpet, drunk and naked Tsonga funny event
Jayus A joke that is so unfunny (or told so badly) that you just have to laugh. Indonesian funny
Rire dans sa barbe To laugh in your beard quietly while thinking about something that has happened French funny reflection action
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
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Zapoi 2+ days of drunkenness usually involving a journey or waking up in an unexpected place Russian funny adverse habits
Erkelmek Teasing someone with repeating what they say Nogay interaction funny
Schlemiel An inept, clumsy person Yiddish attribute funny
Backpfeifengesicht A face in need of a slap German physical funny
Desus The quiet, smooth sound of somebody farting although not very loudly Indonesian sound funny action
Badkruka Someone who refuses to enter a body of water. Eg. Get in the lake you badkruka, or am I going to have to pull you in by your beard? Swedish funny nature explore
Neko-neko Someone that has a novel idea that only makes things worse Indonesian funny creative
Seigneur-terrasse Someone who spends time, but not money, at a café French funny life
Tingo The act of taking objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them Pascuense funny interaction character
Kuidare To eat yourself into backruptcy Japanese food funny
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



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