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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event 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
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
Mokita The truth we all know but agree not to talk about. Kilivila awareness thinking society
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
Formacja A state of mind and its own culture of a generation Polish society change
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
Ômä (өмә) Collective helping Bashkir society positive
Greng-jai The feeling of not wanting to impose Thai feeling society
Crapoter verb. To not take not take a lungful of a cigarette. French health action society
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
Épater les bourgeois To shock the middle classes French society surprise extreme
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
Opia the ambiguous intensity of eye-contact which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. English society awareness
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
Zgabalj Mixture of all the bad things in the world, combined Serbian adverse society
Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία) Love of strangers, guests; a hospitable act of welcome. Greek society
Weltschmerz Feeling hopeless about the state our world is currently in ("world pain") German adverse 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
Taraadin A happy solution for everyone Arabic happiness society
Qualunquismo Political apathy; people who really don’t care very much about politics and related issues in society Italian society
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food society



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