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19th Oct '16 3:14:02 AM StFan
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* South-African comedian Trevor Noah does a routine on how South Africans, and especially South African accents, are viewed in the rest of the world. He admits that being mixed-race, he gets a free pass, but it has to be hard for white people who, the moment they open their mouths, are by default assumed to be [[TheApartheidEra pining for the good old days]]. Trevor riffed on speaking German as in his case a fifth or sixth language (he claims to have lost count). The unfortunate consequence of learning German, for somebody whose first language is Afrikaans, is that inevitably their spoken German is accented. To the point where German listeners hear a strong perceived-Austrian accent and cadences. Reminding them of [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler a certain demagogic politician making a speech at a rally attended by hundreds of thousands of people]]. Even if all you're doing is asking somebody to pass the salt.
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* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': The Primal Vernacular (the oldest Cybertronian language) sounds like this, especially when sung loudly in a Tetrahexian accent, which sounds like someone being violently murdered. The only beings known to still speak it are Cyclonus (the aforementioned singer) and [[TortureTechnician Vos]], who considers himself a "linguistic purist" and can only manage a few guttural syllables of modern [=NeoCybex=] at a time.

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* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': The Primal Vernacular (the oldest Cybertronian language) sounds like this, especially when sung loudly in a Tetrahexian accent, which sounds like someone being violently murdered. The only beings known to still speak it are Cyclonus (the aforementioned singer) and [[TortureTechnician Vos]], who considers himself a "linguistic purist" and can only manage a few guttural syllables of modern [=NeoCybex=] at a time.



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}'' has Grendel speak Old English (the language in which the poem was originally written) while everyone else speaks modern English, probably to emphasize how old and monstrous he is. His mother speaks both old and current English, since she's been re-imagined as a sexy sorceress.
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* ''Film/{{Beowulf 2007}}'' has Grendel speak Old English (the language in which the poem was originally written) while everyone else speaks modern English, probably to emphasize how old and monstrous he is. His mother speaks both old and current English, since she's been re-imagined as a sexy sorceress.



* ''Literature/{{Awoken}}'' starts with Andi waking up on the shores of an EldritchAbomination's FisherKingdom with IdentityAmnesia, [[RuleOfCreepy surrounded by a sea unleashing violent waves, plunging hills, ruins of great, majestic towers and grey mist]]... then, as if this wasn't creepy enough, amid the mist, out of nowhere, starts an ominous chanting in this sort of language... and being a CloudCuckooLander, Andi reacts in a way that could be summed up best by simply quoting:
--->'''Mysterious voice:''' Gharsh S'gn Wahl O'rre Sgn'!
--->'''Andi''' ''(narrating)'': It sang to my ears, a song full of freedom, deliverance and individuality. It was like the proudest of whalesongs come to life. It sounded like the voice of an angel.
--->'''Mysterious voice actually coming from the stones themselves''': THROD ! SGN'WAHL ! O'RRE CTHULHU GHARSH !
* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse''

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* ''Literature/{{Awoken}}'' starts with Andi waking up on the shores of an EldritchAbomination's FisherKingdom with IdentityAmnesia, [[RuleOfCreepy surrounded by a sea unleashing violent waves, plunging hills, ruins of great, majestic towers and grey mist]]... then, as if this wasn't creepy enough, amid the mist, out of nowhere, starts an ominous chanting in this sort of language... and being a CloudCuckooLander, {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, Andi reacts in a way that could be summed up best by simply quoting:
--->'''Mysterious
quoting:
-->'''Mysterious
voice:''' Gharsh S'gn Wahl O'rre Sgn'!
--->'''Andi''' ''(narrating)'':
Sgn'!\\
'''Andi:''' ''[narrating]''
It sang to my ears, a song full of freedom, deliverance and individuality. It was like the proudest of whalesongs come to life. It sounded like the voice of an angel. \n--->'''Mysterious \\
'''Mysterious
voice actually coming from the stones themselves''': themselves:''' THROD ! SGN'WAHL ! O'RRE CTHULHU GHARSH !
* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'':



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* The language of the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Goa'uld]] of ''Series/StargateSG1'' isn't ''technically'' an evil language, considering townspeople and Jaffa speak it, and it's supposed to be based on Ancient Egyptian...but when spoken by a Goa'uld with their flanged voices and glowy eyes? Running seems a good option.
** Considering how often O'Neill pointed out mistakes in their grammar, maybe they just felt safer that way. Also, [[VoiceOfTheLegion English as spoken by snakeheads is pretty damn Black, too]].
** That language has way too many expressions that translate as "Surrender or die!". And about half the language consists of the word "kree!"
* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Owen speaks in this while TheGrimReaper passes through him.
** Ironically, the magic words Owen repeats in that demonic voice are taken from Stephen Donaldson's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', in which they are the "Seven Words", a blessing.
* If you're going to speak [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingon]], have a glass of water handy. Your throat will thank you. Though its stint as a more-or-less purely ''evil'' language was a short one (the Klingons didn't stop speaking Klingon just because they allied with the Federation. If anything, it meant that our Federation main characters spoke more Klingon, sometimes even as part of ''recreational'' activities!)

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* The language of the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Goa'uld]] of ''Series/StargateSG1'' isn't ''technically'' an evil language, considering townspeople and Jaffa speak it, and it's supposed to be based on Ancient Egyptian... but when spoken by a Goa'uld with their flanged voices and glowy eyes? Running seems a good option.
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option. Considering how often O'Neill pointed out mistakes in their grammar, maybe they just felt safer that way. Also, [[VoiceOfTheLegion English as spoken by snakeheads is pretty damn Black, too]].
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too]]. That language has way too many expressions that translate as "Surrender or die!". And about half the language consists of the word "kree!"
* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Owen speaks in this while TheGrimReaper passes through him.
**
him. Ironically, the magic words Owen repeats in that demonic voice are taken from Stephen Donaldson's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'', in which they are the "Seven Words", a blessing.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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If you're going to speak [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingon]], Klingon, have a glass of water handy. Your throat will thank you. Though its stint as a more-or-less purely ''evil'' language was a short one (the Klingons didn't stop speaking Klingon just because they allied with the Federation. If anything, it meant that our Federation main characters spoke more Klingon, sometimes even as part of ''recreational'' activities!)



* The language of an ancient sinister race of Shadows in ''Series/BabylonFive'' consists of barely comprehensible rustle, chirps, and humming, and, in case of their living battleships, eardrum-puncturing shrieks. Although the human emissaries of Shadows can understand them (probably due to some [[TranslatorMicrobes implants]]), they cannot speak in Shadowish themselves. It's stated that, for example, the true name of the race is about 10,000 sounds long and is completely unutterable.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
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The language of an ancient sinister race of Shadows in ''Series/BabylonFive'' consists of barely comprehensible rustle, chirps, and humming, and, in case of their living battleships, eardrum-puncturing shrieks. Although the human emissaries of Shadows can understand them (probably due to some [[TranslatorMicrobes implants]]), they cannot speak in Shadowish themselves. It's stated that, for example, the true name of the race is about 10,000 sounds long and is completely unutterable.



[[folder:Podcasts]]
* Podcast/DiceFunk: Austin explicitly refers to the Abyssal language as "the Black Speech" when it is revealed that Anne understands it.
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[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* South African comedian Trevor Noah does a routine on how South Africans, and especially South African accents, are viewed in the rest of the world. He admits that being mixed-race, he gets a free pass, but it has to be hard for white people who, the moment they open their mouths, are by default assumed to be [[TheApartheidEra pining for the good old days]]. Trevor riffed on speaking German as in his case a fifth or sixth language (he claims to have lost count). The unfortunate consequence of learning German, for somebody whose first language is Afrikaans, is that inevitably their spoken German is accented. To the point where German listeners hear a strong perceived-Austrian accent and cadences. Reminding them of [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler a certain demagogic politician making a speech at a rally attended by hundreds of thousands of people]]. Even if all you're doing is asking somebody to pass the salt.
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* Podcast/DiceFunk: Austin explicitly refers to the Abyssal language as "the Black Speech" when it is revealed that Anne understands it.



6th Oct '16 8:18:24 PM jormis29
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* ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' has a few examples:

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* ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a few examples:



* Parodied in ''{{Exalted}}''. The Abyssals, who, when enacting their darkest rituals, ritually atoning for misbehavior, or otherwise communing with their Neverborn masters, will often speak in a disturbing, nigh-unpronouncably ominous tongue that seems to have all the traits of the Black Speech...until the Abyssals {{splat}}book reveals that it's complete gibberish that doesn't actually mean anything.

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* Parodied in ''{{Exalted}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. The Abyssals, who, when enacting their darkest rituals, ritually atoning for misbehavior, or otherwise communing with their Neverborn masters, will often speak in a disturbing, nigh-unpronouncably ominous tongue that seems to have all the traits of the Black Speech...until the Abyssals {{splat}}book reveals that it's complete gibberish that doesn't actually mean anything.
18th Sep '16 11:56:36 AM Malady
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4484 Fuchsia find words in these]] [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4483 while playing Boggle]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4484 net/view.php?date=2012-12-15 Fuchsia find finds words in these]] [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4483 net/view.php?date=2012-12-14 while playing Boggle]].
5th Sep '16 11:52:25 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' has Grendel speak Old English (the language in which the poem was originally written) while everyone else speaks modern English, probably to emphasize how old and monstrous he is. His mother speaks both old and current English, since she's been re-imagined as a sexy sorceress.

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* ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' ''Film/{{Beowulf 2007}}'' has Grendel speak Old English (the language in which the poem was originally written) while everyone else speaks modern English, probably to emphasize how old and monstrous he is. His mother speaks both old and current English, since she's been re-imagined as a sexy sorceress.
29th Aug '16 2:49:53 AM WhosAsking
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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', King Piccolo would speak to his minions and mind slaves in some strange tongue. {{Retcon}}ned in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', where he's explicitly an alien and it was just his native tongue.

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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', King Piccolo would speak to his minions and mind slaves in some strange tongue. Due to their mutual origin, Kami could speak to him in the same language. {{Retcon}}ned in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', where he's explicitly an alien and it was just his native tongue.
2nd Aug '16 9:41:50 AM Theriocephalus
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The language of {{Mordor}}, spoken only by [[TheScottishTrope The One Whose Name Must Never Be Uttered]] and his [[ReligionOfEvil evil]] {{Cult}}. An [[SpeakingSimlish indecipherable language]] that is [[BrownNote cruel to the ears]], full of hard consonants, guttural sounds, and always spoken loudly and harshly. Every word sounds like a [[ReligiousHorror blasphemy]] against All That Is Good, and the people speaking it often [[AlwaysChaoticEvil are as evil as they sound.]] If there is magic in the setting, expect [[BeCarefulWhatYouSay speaking this language]] to be necessary to use BlackMagic. In some cases, it's so alien and [[EvilSoundsDeep gravelly]] that it seems that a normal human throat should be [[StarfishLanguage incapable of speaking it]] and sometimes, they ''[[EldritchAbomination can't]]'' speak it, only those with the VoiceOfTheLegion can. In many cases, merely speaking the words is sufficient to twist reality or [[SpeakOfTheDevil make unspeakable horrors appear.]]

This is The Black Speech, the default mode of communication for inhuman villains, and SoundCodedForYourConvenience. Where the [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and humans will speak in a pleasing, song-like language, and dwarves may (read: [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame always]]) have a charming Scottish burr or Welsh brogue [[note]]in Tolkien's world, this is averted, as what is known of Dwarvish holds more similarity to Hebrew, but in the film, it's in full force with Gimli[[/note]], the EvilMinions using Black Speech can shatter glass and eardrums and sanity with a simple "pass the salt".

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The language of {{Mordor}}, spoken only by [[TheScottishTrope The One Whose Name Must Never Be Uttered]] and his [[ReligionOfEvil evil]] {{Cult}}.ReligionOfEvil and various dark {{cult}}s. An [[SpeakingSimlish indecipherable language]] that is [[BrownNote cruel to the ears]], full of hard consonants, guttural sounds, and always spoken loudly and harshly. Every word sounds like a [[ReligiousHorror blasphemy]] against All That Is Good, and the people speaking it often [[AlwaysChaoticEvil are as evil as they sound.]] If there is magic in the setting, expect [[BeCarefulWhatYouSay speaking this language]] to be necessary to use BlackMagic. In some cases, it's so alien and [[EvilSoundsDeep gravelly]] that it seems that a normal human throat should be [[StarfishLanguage incapable of speaking it]] and sometimes, they ''[[EldritchAbomination can't]]'' speak it, only those with the VoiceOfTheLegion can. In many cases, merely speaking the words is sufficient to twist reality or [[SpeakOfTheDevil make unspeakable horrors appear.]]

This is The the Black Speech, the default mode of communication for inhuman villains, and SoundCodedForYourConvenience. Where the [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] and humans will speak in a pleasing, song-like language, and dwarves may (read: [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame always]]) have a charming Scottish burr or Welsh brogue [[note]]in Tolkien's world, this is averted, as what is known of Dwarvish holds more similarity to Hebrew, but in the film, it's in full force with Gimli[[/note]], the EvilMinions using Black Speech can shatter glass and eardrums and sanity with a simple "pass the salt".
21st Jul '16 8:31:29 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** When the Inchoroi first crash-landed on Earwa, they spoke only the indecipherable language Cincûlic, which the Nonmen called "the Gasping of Many Reeds," apparently due to the Inchoroi's bizarre alien anatomy. After the Inchoroi "birthed mouths," they were able to converse with the Nonmen in their own language.

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** When the Inchoroi first crash-landed on Earwa, they spoke only the indecipherable language Cincûlic, which that the Nonmen called Cincûlic, "the Gasping of Many Reeds," apparently due to the Inchoroi's bizarre alien anatomy. After the Inchoroi "birthed mouths," they were able to converse with the Nonmen in their own language.
17th Jun '16 2:40:24 AM Doug86
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* The prayers to The Kellith, daughter of [[EldritchAbomination Gothmog]], in the ''WhateleyUniverse''.

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* The prayers to The Kellith, daughter of [[EldritchAbomination Gothmog]], in the ''WhateleyUniverse''.''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''.
17th Jun '16 1:11:18 AM gewunomox
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** {{Summoning}}, a ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''-themed black metal band, went one step further by ''actually writing a song in the Black Speech''. It's called ''Mirdautas Vras'' (trans. "A good day to kill") and [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome it's awesome]]. Listen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUhEsuwp6g8 here]].

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** {{Summoning}}, Music/{{Summoning}}, a ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''-themed black metal band, went one step further by ''actually writing a song in the Black Speech''. It's called ''Mirdautas Vras'' (trans. "A good day to kill") and [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome it's awesome]]. Listen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUhEsuwp6g8 here]].
5th Jun '16 12:13:50 PM AgProv
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* South African comedian Trevor Noah does a routine on how South Africans, and especially South African accents, are viewed in the rest of the world. He admits that being mixed-race, he gets a free pass, but it has to be hard for white people who, the moment they open their mouths, are by default assumed to be [[TheApartheidEra pining for the good old days]]. Trevor riffed on speaking German as in his case a fifth or sixth language (he claims to have lost count). The unfortunate consequence, for somebody whose first language is Afrikaans, of learning German, is that inevitably their spoken German is accented. To the point where German listeners hear a strong Austrian accent and cadences. Reminding them of [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler a certain demagogic politician making a speech at a rally attended by hundreds of thousands of people]].

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* South African comedian Trevor Noah does a routine on how South Africans, and especially South African accents, are viewed in the rest of the world. He admits that being mixed-race, he gets a free pass, but it has to be hard for white people who, the moment they open their mouths, are by default assumed to be [[TheApartheidEra pining for the good old days]]. Trevor riffed on speaking German as in his case a fifth or sixth language (he claims to have lost count). The unfortunate consequence, consequence of learning German, for somebody whose first language is Afrikaans, of learning German, is that inevitably their spoken German is accented. To the point where German listeners hear a strong Austrian perceived-Austrian accent and cadences. Reminding them of [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler a certain demagogic politician making a speech at a rally attended by hundreds of thousands of people]]. Even if all you're doing is asking somebody to pass the salt.
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