Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Solvegg Literally means sun wall; to find a sunny spot during winter time where you can sit down and enjoy the warmth of the sun Norwegian feeling nature
Uffda A sympathetic word to be used when someone else is in pain. It combines ‘Ouch for you’ and ‘Oh, I’m sorry you hurt yourself’ Norwegian empathy emotion awareness
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
Utepils The act of sitting outside on a sunny day enjoying a beer Norwegian event life positive
Kos Cosiness, warmth, intimacy; kose as a verb; koselig as an adjective. Norwegian attribute
Pulesveis Messy hair, in particular in the back of the head, resulting from being rubbed against the pillow during sex Norwegian physical
Pålegg Anything that you can put in a sandwich Norwegian food
Forelsket The euphoria you feel when you're first falling in love. Norwegian love feeling change
Kram The quality of snow that makes it moldable so that one make snow balls and snowmen. Norwegian nature attribute
Friluftsliv “Free air life,” signifying a fundamental understanding of the positive impact of being in nature Norwegian nature health
Dørstokkmila The longest mile between your cozy couch in your fireplace-candlelight-cabin-hygge and the door threshold. It would be "door-threshold-mile", loosely translated Norwegian nature
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
Dugnad Communal work in a gathering for mutually accomplishing a task (ex: a knitting bee) Norwegian work society connection

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