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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Talkoot a collectively pursued/undertaken task; voluntary community work. Finnish event society
Gezelligheid Coziness, fun, the general togetherness that gives people a warm feeling. Dutch friends society positive
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food society
Khaste Nabashid (خسته نباشید) "I hope that you are not tired" Persian society work
Formacja A state of mind and its own culture of a generation Polish society change
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Épater les bourgeois To shock the middle classes French society surprise extreme
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Han Sorrow, regret, grief, resentment, "a dull ache of the soul", yet passive and not revenge seeking; waiting for the injustice to be righted Korean society persistence adverse
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society
Ta'arof (تعارف) The complicated set of niceties and social rules to be observed as a form of good manners and proper etiquette Tamil society interaction
Monachopsis The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place English awareness society
Mambo Someone that still lives with their mother Swedish family persistence 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
Greng-jai The feeling of not wanting to impose Thai feeling society
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
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
Avspasere To take a day (or more) off from work (e.g., because one has previously worked overtime and has built up credit). Norwegian society time
Philotimo (φιλότιμο) The inner impulse to act well and in alignment with the moral virtues that represent one's own society and upbringing Greek society character family
Nito-onna A woman so dedicated to her career that she has no time to iron blouses, so dresses only in knitted tops. Japanese society work
Sortable adj. Someone you can take out without fear of being embarrassed, usually used to refer to friends or family members. e.g. "Elle n'est pas sortable." French friends interaction society
Qualunquismo Political apathy; people who really don’t care very much about politics and related issues in society Italian society
Dugnad Communal work in a gathering for mutually accomplishing a task (ex: a knitting bee) Norwegian work society connection
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society



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