When a speaker of a particular language is confronted with something they don't understand they will use another language as a stand in for the part they don't understand, such as an English speaker saying "it's all Greek to me". This process creates a directed acyclic graph of unintelligibility.
@yogthos Danish speakers have the best though. They say its "Volapük" (often spelled Volapyk) a constructed language (like Esperanto for example)
@celesteh if solresol counts wouldn't https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Essay_towards_a_Real_Character_and_a_Philosophical_Language be the first, or am i missing some detail
@yogthos Heavenly Script, Hindi, and Arabic are all popular holy text languages 🤔
It's interesting nobody wants to say English is a bloody weird language though.
@yogthos German also uses Chinese, but only and specifically for specialist jargon ("Fachchinesisch", lit. "Expert Chinese"). For more general incomprehensibility, instead we use "Bahnhof" (train station), stereotypically one of the first few words one would learn of another language.
@yogthos @samgai I asked a Japanese friend and they couldn't think of an expression that referred to a really existing language, but they were reminded of チンプンカン (chin pun kan), a word used to suggest an imaginary foreign language that is supposed to be unintelligible (perhaps similarly to how English speakers will sometimes say 'It sounded like gobbledygook').
a flowchart of languages pointing to each other
yiddish and italian point to aramaic
sinhala: to telugu
czech, macedonian, croatian: to spanish
english, norwegian, swedish, persian, spanish, portuguese: to greek
italian and greek: to arabic, which points to hindi
persian: to japanese
romanian: to turkish: to french: to javanese and hebrew
finnish: to hebrew
greek, polish, spanish, portuguese, french, russian (twice), hebrew, dutch, hungarian, latvian, lithuanian: to chinese
chinese: to heavenly script
Interesting graphic, if you want to make it more complete, you could add german speakers say its spanish. That is all i knew before.
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