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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Être dépaysé To be in an environment you're not used to French change society awareness
Talkoot a collectively pursued/undertaken task; voluntary community work. Finnish event society
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
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Épater les bourgeois To shock the middle classes French society surprise extreme
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
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
Rabenmutter A bad mom ("raven mother") German family society adverse
Formacja A state of mind and its own culture of a generation Polish society change
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
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
Dugnad Communal work in a gathering for mutually accomplishing a task (ex: a knitting bee) Norwegian work society connection
Weltschmerz Feeling hopeless about the state our world is currently in ("world pain") German adverse society
Mokita The truth we all know but agree not to talk about. Kilivila awareness thinking society
Zgabalj Mixture of all the bad things in the world, combined Serbian adverse society
Gezelligheid Coziness, fun, the general togetherness that gives people a warm feeling. Dutch friends society positive
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
Mambo Someone that still lives with their mother Swedish family persistence society
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
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
Yuanfen A relationship by fate or destiny. This is a complex concept. It draws on principles of predetermination in Chinese culture, which dictate relationships, encounters and affinities, mostly among lovers and friends. Chinese love society
Opia the ambiguous intensity of eye-contact which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. English society awareness
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society



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