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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
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
Rabenmutter A bad mom ("raven mother") German family society adverse
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
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
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Mambo Someone that still lives with their mother Swedish family persistence society
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Dugnad Communal work in a gathering for mutually accomplishing a task (ex: a knitting bee) Norwegian work society connection
Zgabalj Mixture of all the bad things in the world, combined Serbian adverse society
Fremdschämen To be embarrassed by something somebody else did German society thinking adverse
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
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food society
Qualunquismo Political apathy; people who really don’t care very much about politics and related issues in society Italian 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
Schadenfreude To be happy when things go wrong for someone else German adverse society
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
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society
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
Talkoot a collectively pursued/undertaken task; voluntary community work. Finnish event society
Opia the ambiguous intensity of eye-contact which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. English society awareness
Gattara A woman catlover who feeds alley cats or spends time with domestic cats Italian life society
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
Greng-jai The feeling of not wanting to impose Thai feeling society
Être dépaysé To be in an environment you're not used to French change society awareness



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