Eomchina (Korean)

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Eomchina (엄친아) is a hilarious Korean word that is a contraction of the phrase “Mom’s friend’s son” (엄마친구아들). Korean mothers are often very competitive and compare their children against the offspring of their friends. This word is used to describ

2015-05-15 02:06:37  

Abbiocco (Italian)

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The drowsiness experienced after eating a big meal.

2015-05-12 01:55:58  

Kjæreste (Norwegian)

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A gender neutral term for girlfriend or boyfriend. It literally translates as “dearest”, and can be used in similar constructions (for example, “kjæreste minne” means “dearest memory”).   Word donated by B

2014-07-20 22:23:49  

Sankocha (Kannada)

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The feeling of embarrassment due to receiving an inordinately and perhaps inappropriately large or extravagant gift or favor, that makes you feel obliged to return the favor when you can’t. Example: Coming over only to chat, and being made

2014-06-16 00:21:42  

Davka (Hebrew)

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Emphasis on first vowel.A word with several meanings:1. Done on purpose/done in spite.Example: “Jon pushed that kid davka.” (This means he did it on purpose, not by mistake)2. On the contrary/actually.Example:“I thought you didn

2014-05-30 22:32:44  

Stam (Hebrew)

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“With no purpose, value or significance.”Example:“What is that?”“Oh, that’s stam an old bucket.”or“Why did you step on the ant?”“Stam.” Word donated by Y

2014-05-27 22:22:11  

Teguk (Malay)

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To drink from a bottle in huge gulps. Word donated by Iskander

2014-05-04 22:14:44  

Sitzpinkler (German)

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Slang for “wimp,” literally translated as “a man who sits to pee”. Word donated by Clara

2014-05-01 23:41:35  

Dor (Romanian)

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Dor pronounced like “dog” but with a rolled r instead of a g. Dor is the longing for someone you love very much, combined with sadness, and implies the need to sing sad songs; its etymology relates it to “dorinta” which me

2014-04-30 22:25:08  

Da net, navernoe (Russian)

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‘Da’ means ‘yes’. ‘Net’ means ‘no’. ‘Navernoe’ means ‘maybe’. Therefore, the phrase literally means “Yes no, maybe”, but is used to mean “rather, no,”

2014-04-27 22:18:47  

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