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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Lachesism The desire to be struck by disaster - to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire English thinking life fate
Nodus tollens The realization that the plot of your life doesn't make sense to you anymore. English philosophy awareness life
Occhiolism The awareness of the smallness of your perspective English awareness life society
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
Seigneur-terrasse Someone who spends time, but not money, at a café French funny life
Levensgenieter Someone who loves life deeply; is devoted Dutch life happiness positive
Uitwaaien To take a refreshing break outdoors in windy weather Dutch nature life beauty
Pole Sorry; can also express empathy and understanding. Swahili thinking life
Lebensmüde Weary of life German adverse life stress
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
Anecdoche A conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening. English friends life
Trasnochar To stay up all night Spanish life time event
Ohrwurm A melody or song that gets stuck in your head ("ear worm") German life music
Gattara A woman catlover who feeds alley cats or spends time with domestic cats Italian life society
desenrascanço the ability to find improvised solutions to problems Portuguese strength attribute life
Gemütlichkeit An atmosphere of belonging, relaxation, chilled music, great food and drink German music food life
Hygge A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. Danish life feeling
Trepverter A witty comeback you think of only when it’s too late to use Yiddish funny life
Onsay Pretend to love Boro life
Jafjafa (جفجفة) The sound of new clothes. Arabic attribute 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
L’chaim (לְחַיִּים) Lit. ‘to life’. Hebrew life
Livsnjutare Someone who loves life deeply Swedish love life beauty
Sud’ba (судьба). Fate, destiny, fortune Russian fate change life
Serendipity The development of events by chance that result in a beneficial way Tamil event beauty life

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