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21st Mar '17 2:55:11 PM Lightice
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** Notably, it's an in-universe example of a ConLang that Sauron invented so that his servants could all understand one another. It didn't pan out, as after his defeat by the Last Alliance the language fell into obscurity, leaving behind only a handful of loanwords in various Orcish dialects, and only the Nazgûl retained full comprehension of the language.
14th Feb '17 12:11:18 PM Theriocephalus
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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 mind, 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 mind, a language he found utterly unlovely. Compared Compare to Welsh, which is present in a language of the Elves. [[/note]]



* Parodied in ''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.

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Parodied in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. The with 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...Speech... until the Abyssals {{splat}}book reveals that it's complete gibberish that doesn't actually mean anything.



* One of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' favorite gags is the depiction of [[AcceptableTargets Russian and German languages]] as guttural and hostile to English speakers. In every instance, the subtitles reveal that the speaker is actually saying something pleasant or benign.
* Lord Pain of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' can speak in a strange tongue which is forbidden for mortal ears. Despite sounding like silly and uncomprehensible gibberish, it causes a canary to lose its feathers, a fish to die and its tank to rotten up and Billy to expulse some kind of weird green goo from his ear, then fall unconscious.

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* One of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' favorite gags is the depiction of [[AcceptableTargets Russian and German languages]] as guttural and hostile to English speakers. In every instance, the subtitles reveal that the speaker is actually saying something pleasant or benign.
* Lord Pain of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' can speak in a strange tongue which is forbidden for mortal ears. Despite sounding like silly and uncomprehensible gibberish, it causes a canary to lose its feathers, a fish to die and its tank to rotten up and Billy to expulse ooze some kind of weird green goo from his ear, then fall unconscious.
5th Feb '17 9:13:21 PM Tomodachi
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* [[OurDemonsAreDifferent The Inferni characters]] talk with this trope in mind in ''WebComic/MyBestFriendMarneao''. It doesn't seem to have any side effect for the humans, they just think is a weird language. [[RefugeInAudacity Marneao convinces the kids at school they are speaking canadian.]]
22nd Jan '17 1:46:04 AM CountDorku
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* Death Troopers in ''Film/RogueOne'' communicate in a choppy, sinister noise that has this effect. It combines with their size and black armour to make them appear as sinister as possible. Even the sounds they make when falling aren't really all that human.
17th Jan '17 1:07:19 AM Luppercus
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* The Church of Satan uses a "satanic" version of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enochian Enochian Language]] for their rites. Obviously members of the Church of Satan do not consider themselves to be evil by any mean, but the sound of the language and the guttural pronunciation is done on purpose to reflect the image that society has about Satanism and ScareEmStraight.

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* The Church of Satan uses a "satanic" version of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enochian Enochian Language]] for their rites. Obviously members of the Church of Satan do not consider themselves to be evil by any mean, but the sound of the language and the guttural pronunciation is [[ScoobyDooHoax done on purpose purpose]] to reflect the [[RuleOfScary image that society has about Satanism Satanism]] and ScareEmStraight.[[ScareEmStraight scare their enemies]].
17th Jan '17 12:58:43 AM Luppercus
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* The Church of Satan uses a "satanize" version of the Enochian Language for their rites. Obviously members of the Church of Satan do not consider themselves to be evil by any mean, but the sound of the language and the gututal pronuntiation is done on purpose to reflect the image that society has about Satanism and ScareEmStraight.

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* The Church of Satan uses a "satanize" "satanic" version of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enochian Enochian Language Language]] for their rites. Obviously members of the Church of Satan do not consider themselves to be evil by any mean, but the sound of the language and the gututal pronuntiation guttural pronunciation is done on purpose to reflect the image that society has about Satanism and ScareEmStraight. ScareEmStraight.
17th Jan '17 12:56:54 AM Luppercus
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* The Church of Satan uses a "satanize" version of the Enochian Language for their rites. Obviously members of the Church of Satan do not consider themselves to be evil by any mean, but the sound of the language and the gututal pronuntiation is done on purpose to reflect the image that society has about Satanism and ScareEmStraight.
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7th Jan '17 7:27:19 PM axlclover
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* Music/{{Magma}} a band who from their first gigs onwards sang mostly in an invented tongue called Kobaïan, a teutonic-sounding sci-fi proto-language that went perfectly with the music, a kind of prog version of Stravinsky and Carl Orff's most paroxystic traits. They had such a natural supervillain-effect with their stage costumes and album covers that director Jodoroswky planned to have them make the background music for the Harkonnen's planet in his never-finished film version of Dune. H.R. Giger, who was to design the whole planet on screen, was later hired to make the beast and settings in Alien... Sadly, Ridley Scott didn't hire Magma.
29th Dec '16 3:00:20 PM Xtifr
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* Creator/CharlesStross' ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'', based partly on the Cthulhu mythos, has the old Enochian languages, mainly used for writing magical "computer code" in order to, say, command zombies. It is described as a "dead tongue, for which to command dead things", completely unsuitable for the human larynx. Don't even think about making an experienced magician ''swear'' in that language.

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* Creator/CharlesStross' ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'', ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'', based partly on the Cthulhu mythos, has the old Enochian languages, mainly used for writing magical "computer code" in order to, say, command zombies. It is described as a "dead tongue, for which to command dead things", completely unsuitable for the human larynx. Don't even think about making an experienced magician ''swear'' in that language.
29th Dec '16 9:20:11 AM nombretomado
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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 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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* 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 [[UsefulNotes/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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