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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.
3rd Jun '16 11:38:34 PM missroxyspamcake
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* Named for the language of Mordor in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (books and movies). "The Black Speech" is an unpleasant-sounding language full of guttural throat-growls and spits and snarls; unpleasant and alien to the more pleasant languages. The story includes a scene where Gandalf uttering the Black Speech verse from the Ring causes the sky to grow dark and the Earth to tremble. A fan once gave Tolkien a goblet with the inscription from the ring in Black Speech as a gift, but he found the message in those words so ugly and ominous that he couldn't bring himself to drink out of it. He wound up using it as an ashtray. [[note]]WordOfGod is that he had Irish Gaelic in mond, a language he found utterly unlovely. Compared to Welsh, which is present in a language of the Elves. [[/note]]

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* Named for the language of Mordor in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (books and movies). "The Black Speech" is an unpleasant-sounding language full of guttural throat-growls and spits and snarls; unpleasant and alien to the more pleasant languages. The story includes a scene where Gandalf uttering the Black Speech verse from the Ring causes the sky to grow dark and the Earth to tremble. A fan once gave Tolkien a goblet with the inscription from the ring in Black Speech as a gift, but he found the message in those words so ugly and ominous that he couldn't bring himself to drink out of it. He wound up using it as an ashtray. [[note]]WordOfGod is that he had Irish Gaelic in mond, mind, a language he found utterly unlovely. Compared to Welsh, which is present in a language of the Elves. [[/note]]
1st Jun '16 2:22:29 AM AgProv
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* Named for the language of Mordor in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (books and movies). "The Black Speech" is an unpleasant-sounding language full of guttural throat-growls and spits and snarls; unpleasant and alien to the more pleasant languages. The story includes a scene where Gandalf uttering the Black Speech verse from the Ring causes the sky to grow dark and the Earth to tremble. A fan once gave Tolkien a goblet with the inscription from the ring in Black Speech as a gift, but he found the message in those words so ugly and ominous that he couldn't bring himself to drink out of it. He wound up using it as an ashtray.

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* Named for the language of Mordor in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (books and movies). "The Black Speech" is an unpleasant-sounding language full of guttural throat-growls and spits and snarls; unpleasant and alien to the more pleasant languages. The story includes a scene where Gandalf uttering the Black Speech verse from the Ring causes the sky to grow dark and the Earth to tremble. A fan once gave Tolkien a goblet with the inscription from the ring in Black Speech as a gift, but he found the message in those words so ugly and ominous that he couldn't bring himself to drink out of it. He wound up using it as an ashtray. [[note]]WordOfGod is that he had Irish Gaelic in mond, a language he found utterly unlovely. Compared to Welsh, which is present in a language of the Elves. [[/note]]
1st Jun '16 2:15:45 AM 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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23rd May '16 4:27:01 PM karstovich2
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** Although even that isn't inherently evil; Harry has a perfectly civil conversation with a very nice snake in a zoo in the first book. It simply gained a very unpleasant association from the fact that Salazar Slytherin and his descendants, including Voldemort, could speak it.

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** Although even that isn't inherently evil; Harry has a perfectly civil conversation with a very nice snake in a zoo in the first book. It simply gained a very unpleasant association from the fact that Salazar Slytherin and his descendants, including Voldemort, could speak it. That being said, Parseltongue definitely ''sounds'' creepy, seeing as it consists of hissing (although a Parselmouth doesn't necessarily recognize that as he/she is speaking to the snake).
17th May '16 8:06:55 AM Piando
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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', King Piccolo would speak to his minions and mind slaves in some strange tongue. Retconned in ''DBZ'', 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. Retconned {{Retcon}}ned in ''DBZ'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', where he's explicitly an alien and it was just his native tongue.
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