pelerornke is a mental illness suffered by those living in the far North during the long Arctic winter
Egregious doesn’t have quite the same connotations as the Italian word “egregi” from which it derives
Thia is the Arabic word for grass or hay. Hashish or marijuana is often referred to as "grass" as a slang term, but the Arabic word is used as a generic botanical term as well as referring to the narcotic. The word gave its name to the medieval military group known as the Assassins who, at least according to the populist reports of the time, were drugged and then given a taste of the Islamic paradise described in the holy Quran. The story goes, once they has glimpsed the beautiful gardens and rivers running with wine, and beautiful women escorts who are always described as wide-eyed houris, they wanted more. And then more. Entranced in this way, they would do almost anything required of them as soldiers to their military leader. Hence they became Assassins, ready to go undercover whenever required and taking on the most dangerous military...
To hang noodles on the ears
вешать лапшу на уши This is a Russian phrase that means something like "Don't pull my leg" or "Don't try to pull the wool over my eyes". You say it when someone tries to hood wink you and you are wise to them. It might be applicable to a politician who tries to pretend that a disastrous decision (for example, to invade a foreign country and pretend it is a special military operation to contain terrorism) was actually a political...
Tong-len is a Tibetan style of meditation in which the in-breath is associated with what you receive, and the outbreath with what you give.
Tathqeef is the transliteration of the Arabic word for culture. Most Arabic words, in common with other Semitic languages have a three letter root: in this case, THA-QA-FA.
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