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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
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
Talkoot a collectively pursued/undertaken task; voluntary community work. Finnish event society
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food society
Greng-jai The feeling of not wanting to impose Thai feeling society
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
Gattara A woman catlover who feeds alley cats or spends time with domestic cats Italian life society
Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία) Love of strangers, guests; a hospitable act of welcome. Greek society
Arlésienne Used to describe people who are at the centre of a conversation/situation/problem but can’t be found anywhere French society interaction
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
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
Khaste Nabashid (خسته نباشید) "I hope that you are not tired" Persian society work
Taraadin A happy solution for everyone Arabic happiness society
Occhiolism The awareness of the smallness of your perspective English awareness life 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
Dapjeongneo Used when someone asks a question despite knowing the answer, expecting the listener to make a smart and studied guess Korean society interaction
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
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
Monachopsis The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place English awareness 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
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
Weltschmerz Feeling hopeless about the state our world is currently in ("world pain") German adverse society
Mambo Someone that still lives with their mother Swedish family persistence 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



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