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10 Asian Words That Should Be In English Language

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1. Gigil (GHEE-GHEEL, Filipino)

The uncontrollable urge to pinch or squeeze in reaction to cuteness.Jerry was so gigil, Cristy's cheeks became sore.
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The uncontrollable urge to pinch or squeeze in reaction to cuteness.

Jerry was so gigil, Cristy's cheeks became sore.

2. Mencolek (men-CHO-lek, Indonesian)

To tease someone by lightly touching them with one finger.Hannah could only go as far as mencoleking Darien to express how much she likes him.
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To tease someone by lightly touching them with one finger.

Hannah could only go as far as mencoleking Darien to express how much she likes him.

3. Boketto (bo-KET-toh, Japanese)

To gaze aimlessly.Do not disturb Tiffany. She's having a boketto moment.
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To gaze aimlessly.

Do not disturb Tiffany. She's having a boketto moment.

4. Meibanfa (mey-BAHN-fah, Chinese)

The sense of disappointment and realization that life has its limits.Noah's first B in class gave him a meibanfa that lasted for weeks.
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The sense of disappointment and realization that life has its limits.

Noah's first B in class gave him a meibanfa that lasted for weeks.

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5. Manja (MAHN-JAH, Malay)

The childlike, coquettish behavior that women exhibit to gain sympathy and pampering from men.Becky wields her manja to get what she wants.
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The childlike, coquettish behavior that women exhibit to gain sympathy and pampering from men.

Becky wields her manja to get what she wants.

6. Epal (EH-puhl, Filipino)

The person who butts in on other people's conversation. Also applies to politicians who do this and this.Shirley, I love you to death, but please don't be epal when I'm talking to Joe.
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The person who butts in on other people's conversation. Also applies to politicians who do this and this.

Shirley, I love you to death, but please don't be epal when I'm talking to Joe.

7. Taarradhin (tuh-RAAHD-in, Arabic)

A happy solution for everyone without having to lose face.Coming up with a taarradhin is something our politicians can learn.
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A happy solution for everyone without having to lose face.

Coming up with a taarradhin is something our politicians can learn.

8. Nunchi (noon-CHEE, Korean)

The ability to listen and gauge another person's mood. Also the capacity to know the do's and don'ts in a given situation.Benny lacked nunji when he laughed during the funeral.
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The ability to listen and gauge another person's mood. Also the capacity to know the do's and don'ts in a given situation.

Benny lacked nunji when he laughed during the funeral.

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9. Chai-Pani (CHAY-pah-nee, Hindi)

Petty bribes given to government officials to get things done.It is very obvious that chai-pani has become the mayor's main source of income.
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Petty bribes given to government officials to get things done.

It is very obvious that chai-pani has become the mayor's main source of income.

10. Jayus (JAH-yoos, Indonesian)

A joke that is so bad and poorly told you cannot help but laugh.Terrence should compile all his jayus into a book. That would be a best-seller.
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A joke that is so bad and poorly told you cannot help but laugh.

Terrence should compile all his jayus into a book. That would be a best-seller.

Thank you for reading! Here's a cute pug to gigil with.

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