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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Nodus tollens The realization that the plot of your life doesn't make sense to you anymore. English philosophy awareness life
Pole Sorry; can also express empathy and understanding. Swahili thinking life
Uitwaaien To take a refreshing break outdoors in windy weather Dutch nature life beauty
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
Egyszer volt budán kutyavásár Literal: "there was a dog-market in Buda only once"; translates to essentially a once in a lifetime opportunity Hungarian life fate exciting
Wei-wu-wei "Action without action" or effortless doing; conscious non-action; the deliberate and principled decision to do nothing for a reason. Chinese action life
L’chaim (לְחַיִּים) Lit. ‘to life’. Hebrew life
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
Morriña Nostalgia that you feel when you are far from home Galician feeling awareness life
Jafjafa (جفجفة) The sound of new clothes. Arabic attribute life
Anecdoche A conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening. English friends life
Onsay Pretend to love Boro life
desenrascanço the ability to find improvised solutions to problems Portuguese strength attribute life
Ohrwurm A melody or song that gets stuck in your head ("ear worm") German life music
Jijivisha The strong, eternal desire to live and to continue living Hindi philosophy life awareness
Levensgenieter Someone who loves life deeply; is devoted Dutch life happiness positive
Zindabad A shout of encouragement; a cheer, which can also be interpreted to mean "may [idea or person] live forever" Urdu life interaction
Hygge A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. Danish life feeling
Jugaad (जुगाड) the ability to 'make do' or 'get by'. Hindi life
Estrenar The experience of wearing something for the first time Spanish life
Occhiolism The awareness of the smallness of your perspective English awareness life society
Livsnjutare Someone who loves life deeply Swedish love life beauty
Trasnochar To stay up all night Spanish life time event
Saudade melancholic longing, nostalgia, dreaming wistfulness. Portuguese life
Serendipity The development of events by chance that result in a beneficial way Tamil event beauty life

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