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manja (Malay)
to display gooey, childlike and coquettish behavior by women designed to elicit sympathy or pampering by men
sgriob (Gaelic)
the itchiness that overcomes the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky
meraki (Greek)
doing something with soul, creativity, or love; when you put yourself into something you're doing
nunchi (Korean)
the subtle art of listening and gauging another’s mood; emotional intelligence; knowing what to say or do, or what not to say or do, in a given situation
mamihlapinatapei (Yagan)
a look shared between two people, when both are wishing that the other would do something that they both want, but neither want to do
taarradhin (Arabic)
a happy solution for everyone; win-win for all parties involved
wei-wu-wei (Chinese)
a deliberate and principled decision to do nothing, and to do it for a particular reason
ya’aburnee (Arabic)
a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them; literally "you bury me"
tingo (Pascuense)
the act of taking objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them
jayus (Indonesian)
a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh
prozvonit (Czech/Slovak)
to call a mobile phone only to have it ring once so that the other person would call back, allowing the caller not to spend money on minutes
iktsuarpok (Inuit)
the feeling of anticipation that leads you to go outside to check if your guest is coming
ilunga (Tshiluba)
a person who is ready to forgive any abuse the first time it occurs, to tolerate it the second time, but to neither forgive nor tolerate a third offense
litost (Czech)
a state of agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery
shemomedjamo (Georgian)
you’re really full, but your meal is just so delicious, you can’t stop eating it; literally "I accidentally ate the whole thing"
pelinti (Buli)
to move hot food around in your mouth
layogenic (Tagalog)
someone who looks good from afar but appears less and less attractive closer as you see the person closer
rhwe (Tsonga)
to sleep on the floor without a mat, while drunk and naked
zeg (Georgian)
the day after tomorrow
greng-jai (Thai)
when you don’t want someone to do something for you because it would be a pain for them
gigil (Filipino)
the urge to pinch or squeeze something that is unbearably cute
orenda (Huron)
the invocation of the power of human will to change the world around us; the opposing force to fate or destiny
kalpa (Sanskrit)
time passing on a cosmic scale
uitwaaien (Dutch)
to take a brief break in the country side to clear one’s head
zalatwic (Polish)
the use of friends, bribes, personal charm or connections to get something done
zhaghzhagh (Persian)
the chattering of teeth from cold or rage
yuputka (Ulwa)
the phantom sensation of something crawling on your skin
pana po’o (Hawaiian)
to scratch your head in order to help you remember something you’ve forgotten
gumusservi (Turkish)
moonlight shining on water
vybafnout (Czech)
to jump out and say boo
mencolek (Indonesian)
the act of tapping someone lightly on the opposite shoulder from behind to fool them
faamiti (Samoan)
to make a squeaking sound by sucking air past the lips in order to gain the attention of a dog or child
glas wen (Welsh)
a smile that is insincere or mocking; literally "blue smile"
pisan zapra (Malay)
the time needed to eat a banana
shitta (Farsi)
leftover dinner eaten for breakfast
tarab (Arabic)
a state of ecstasy and surrender one enters while listening, with body and soul, to music
bilita mpash (Bantu)
an amazing dream; the opposite of a nightmare