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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Épater les bourgeois To shock the middle classes French society surprise extreme
Gattara A woman catlover who feeds alley cats or spends time with domestic cats Italian life society
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Dapjeongneo Used when someone asks a question despite knowing the answer, expecting the listener to make a smart and studied guess Korean society interaction
Formacja A state of mind and its own culture of a generation Polish society change
Mambo Someone that still lives with their mother Swedish family persistence society
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
Vypendrivatsja (выпендриваться) To behave in a way that makes one look more important or special than one is, to ride the high horse, to show off Russian character society
Majime (真面目) Reliable, responsible, diligent; seriousness, formality. Japanese society attribute
Janteloven Jante’s law; a set of social codes or norms that emphasize the importance of collective success rather than individual Norwegian society positive interaction
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Taraadin A happy solution for everyone Arabic happiness society
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Talkoot a collectively pursued/undertaken task; voluntary community work. Finnish event society
Schadenfreude To be happy when things go wrong for someone else German adverse society
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food society
Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία) Love of strangers, guests; a hospitable act of welcome. Greek society
Être dépaysé To be in an environment you're not used to French change society awareness
Ta'arof (تعارف) The complicated set of niceties and social rules to be observed as a form of good manners and proper etiquette Persian society interaction
Mokita The truth we all know but agree not to talk about. Kilivila awareness thinking society
Ômä (өмә) Collective helping Bashkir society positive
Eomchina Contraction of the phrase "Mom's friend's son". Academically successful (and possibly wealthy) male student who is the target of envy among others Korean family society work
Monachopsis The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place English awareness society
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
Weltschmerz Feeling hopeless about the state our world is currently in ("world pain") German adverse society



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