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  1. Verschlimmbessern
    (German) To make something worse by trying to improve it.
  2. L'ésprit d'escalier
    (French) The feeling of finding the perfect retort after the moment has passed.
  3. Luftmensch
    (Yiddish) Someone who is a dreamer.
  4. Koev halev
    (Hebrew) To empathize with someone so deeply that it can cause your heart to ache.
  5. Cafuné
    (Braz. Portuguese) The act of tenderly running one’s fingers through their lover's hair.
  6. Wabi-sabi
    (Japanese) A way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.
  7. Waldeinsamkeit
    (German) The feeling of being alone in the woods with a connectedness to nature.
  8. Dor
    (Romanian) The longing for someone you love very much, combined with sadness, and implies the need to sing sad songs.
  9. S'entrande
    (French) To get along with someone in the sense that you understand how they think.
  10. Fýrgebræc
    (Old English) The crackling sound made by a fire.
  11. Swaffelen/Zwaffelen
    (Dutch) To repeatedly hit something with one's penis.