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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Flâner verb. to purposely wander, to decide to explore with no final destination. French explore travel
Débrouillardise Quality of someone who is resourceful and lives with the ability to creatively improvise; someone who can make do and solve problems without much French creative
S’encoubler To describe a fall, but specifically one where you fell due to being tangled in something French physical event adverse
Être dépaysé To be in an environment you're not used to French change society awareness
Décidément When coincidences occur or when events repeat themselves by chance (for example, when you run into the same person many times in one week) French surprise interaction fate
Dépaysement The feeling of being in an environment that you are not used to French feeling awareness change
Retrouvailles Lit. 'rediscovery'; a reunion (e.g., with loved ones after a long time apart). French friends family
Adroit Lit. according to right; skilled, resourceful; dexterous. French attribute
Seigneur-terrasse Someone who spends time, but not money, at a café French funny life
Beau geste A gesture noble in its nature or intention but ultimately meaningless in substance French action
Mitonner Cooking with passion French food love beauty
Arlésienne Used to describe people who are at the centre of a conversation/situation/problem but can’t be found anywhere French society interaction
Avoir la molle A listless unwillingness to do any work French adverse
L'esprit de l'escalier Thinking of the perfect reply after the conversation is over. French friends interaction
Épater les bourgeois To shock the middle classes French society surprise extreme
Rire dans sa barbe To laugh in your beard quietly while thinking about something that has happened French funny reflection action
Crapoter verb. To not take not take a lungful of a cigarette. French health action society
Dépayser Disorientation; not necessarily unpleasant (e.g., a pleasant sense of strangeness from being in a foreign country). French change feeling
Recherché Rare, exotic, unusual; not understood or appreciated by many people. French beauty attribute
Bon vivant Someone who enjoys and appreciates the good life. French positive happiness
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
En plein air Outdoors; in the open air. French nature physical
Énouement The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self. French awareness philosophy
Nostalgie de la boue A yearning for degradation, depravity, or other crude/base aspects of life, literally "a yearning for mud" French feeling
Chantepleurer Singng and crying simultaneously French action



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