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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
inssa Short word of insider = trendy people who catch up with the trends Korean society
Talkoot a collectively pursued/undertaken task; voluntary community work. Finnish event society
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
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
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
Mokita The truth we all know but agree not to talk about. Kilivila awareness thinking society
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
Monachopsis The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place English awareness 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
Opia the ambiguous intensity of eye-contact which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. English society awareness
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
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
Fremdschämen To be embarrassed by something somebody else did German society thinking adverse
Zgabalj Mixture of all the bad things in the world, combined Serbian adverse 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
Rabenmutter A bad mom ("raven mother") German family society adverse
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
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
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία) Love of strangers, guests; a hospitable act of welcome. Greek society
Schadenfreude To be happy when things go wrong for someone else German adverse society
Dugnad Communal work in a gathering for mutually accomplishing a task (ex: a knitting bee) Norwegian work society connection



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