Eunoia

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Kyoiku mama A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement Japanese family work growth
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
Töörõõm work fun': finding the simple joys in everyday tasks. Estonian work feeling
Arbejdsglæde Literally "work happiness"; the feeling of happiness provoked by a satisfying job Danish work happiness feeling
Dugnad Communal work in a gathering for mutually accomplishing a task (ex: a knitting bee) Norwegian work society connection
Fucha To use company time and resources for one's own purposes Portuguese work adverse
Capricho Work done with care in a way that surpass quality expectations. Portuguese work creative
Poka-Yoke Any mechanism in any process that helps an equipment operator avoid (yokeru) mistakes (poka) Japanese work process
Sabhsaí Someone who works outside no matter how bad the weather is Irish work persistence
Yoisho A word without meaning, said when flopping into a chair after a hard day at work or lifting a heavy bag. Japanese event physical work
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
Halyava (Халява) Getting something without working for it Russian luck positive work
Gemba The real place'; in business it refers to the real place where value is created, such as the factory floor. Instead of depending on hierarchy, the people who are closest to what's happening make decisions. Ie: the more hands-on knowledge a decision-maker has, the better their decision will be. Japanese work cultural
Koshatnik A dealer in stolen cats Russian adverse character work
Khaste Nabashid (خسته نباشید) "I hope that you are not tired" Persian society work




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