Some secret languages exist in the world today and are only spoken and understood by those who know them. These various secret languages are used by a variety of groups, including traditional healers, professional wrestlers, citizens of certain communities, and even criminals. Here are ten secret languages explained in detail, complete with links to some dictionaries or converters we could find.
Polari began as a means of communication among British seafarers in the 19th century, but became the unofficial language of British gays between the 1930s and 1960s, when being gay in Britain was illegal. Polari allowed gay men to secretly talk to themselves and start conversations with strangers who believed they were gay. If the stranger responded, they knew he was playing along, but if he didn't, they went about their business, all without giving the slightest hint of their sexuality.
In Polari, sex is known as "swapping," "cotting" referring to finding a partner in the bathroom. "Vada" means "look", "Dolly Eek" refers to a pretty face, and "Chicken" is a young man. Police officers are called "Sharpy", "Lilly Law" or "omi charpering", while an attractive man is called "Dish". A phone is known as a "Polari tube", while Polari itself means "conversation". A dictionary of Polari terms can be foundHere.
Children, and sometimes adults, use Pig Latin, formed by modifying words from the English language, to secretly communicate with each other. It was first used around 1869 and is known by other names, including Hog Latin, Goose Latin, and Dog Latin. Some porcine Latin words such as "ixnay" derived from the word "nix" and "amscray" derived from the word "scram" have been adopted into the English language.
The conversion of an English word to Pig Latin depends on the letter or group of letters that begins the word. If it starts with a vowel, "way" is added to the end, making "awesome" "awesomeway". If it starts with a consonant followed by a vowel, the consonant is moved to the end of the word and "ay" is added, making "happy" become "appyhay." If it starts with two consonants, both consonants are moved to the end of the word and "ay" is added, making "boy" become "ildchay".
An English-Pig-Latin converter can be foundHere. "Pig Latin" means "igpay atinlay" and for the curious "Listverse" means "istverselay".
Leet, Leet Speak, or Hackspeak works by replacing individual letters in a word with a single number, symbol, or group of numbers or symbols that resemble the letter. For example, "hacker" is written as "|-|@k3r", where "|-|" means "H", "@" means "a", "k" means "ck", "3" means because "e" and "r" remain unchanged.
Leet was founded in the 1980s by an elite group of hackers who used it to exchange secret messages between members. However, some netizens can read Leet, albeit with some difficulty. Computers can't read Leet, so spammers include it in emails to bypass spam filters. Some netizens also use it to create passwords that are difficult for hackers to crack (targeting English dictionary words), but easy for the user to remember.
You can find a Leet-English converterHere. "Leet" translates to "L337" while "Listverse" is spelled "Li57V3rZ3".
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Boontling is the unofficial language of Boonville, California, where it has been spoken since the 1880s and 1920s. It is a mixture of different Native American languages, Spanish, and slang created by the local people. that the locals fear being ridiculed by outsiders since they are formed from the names and characteristics of the places.
For example, "Jeffer" means "fire" and "Jeffer" means to burn. Both were named after a man named Jeff Vestal who enjoyed making fires everywhere. Likewise, "Charlie" means to embarrass her. He is named after a local Native American named Charlie Ball, famous for shaming people. There is also "shovel tooth" which means "doctor". It is named after one of the city doctors, who had wide teeth. "Tige" means "crazy" and was named after a drunken nickname, Tige, who earned the nickname due to his habit of singing the song "Hold That Tiger".
There's also "almittey" ("to burp"), named after a woman named Almittey, known for her frequent belching, and "applehead", which means "girlfriend". It was first used to refer to a native's girlfriend who had a small head. The art of boontling is called "harping" and a boontling dictionary can be foundHere.
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Professional wrestlers use carnie (or sideshow talk) to talk to each other, even when in front of an audience. Its origins date back to the early days of professional wrestling, when fairground workers (called carnavales) used it to communicate during public mock matches.
In Carnie, "eaz", pronounced "ee-uhz", is added before the vowel of each syllable. So "ist" becomes "eazis" and "kelley" becomes "keazelleazey". It refers to the exaggeration of a fighter's body when firing shots from certain angles.
There is also "Batman Match" which refers to a bad and uninteresting fight, "Beat Down" which is used when a wrestler is beaten by a group of wrestlers and "Canned Heat" which occurs when screaming and booing is heard over the speakers. . to the battlefield or edited for broadcast. You can find a dictionary to talk about CarnyHere.
Prisoners in Argentina use lunfardo to secretly communicate with each other. First used by the lower-class residents of Buenos Aires, the language contains words from languages such as Spanish and Italian. It has more than 5,000 words and one of its pillars is the use of verse, the change of syllables in a word.Coffee shopis pronounced for exampleAs.
Lunfardo became popular in Europe with the spread of tango, which described it as a violent and sexual language. In 1943 its use in tango music was prohibited at the request of moralists, who surprised when young people began to use it. Its use declined in the 1950s, but returned in the 1960s. There is no Lunfardo-English dictionary or converter, but readers who understand Spanish will find a Spanish-Lunfardo dictionary.Here.
Swardspeak, Gay Language or Gay Talk is the secret language of homosexuals in the Philippines. It was founded due to the hostile attitude of the non-gay community towards homosexuals. It is a mix of English, Spanish, Japanese, and several native Filipino languages, including Tagalog, Cebuano, Waray, Bicolano, and Hiligaynon. The names of local and foreign politicians, celebrities and brands are also adopted as words and given meaning in Swardspeak. "Sward" itself is Filipino slang for "gay."
Swardspeak-Temthere are no set rules or standards, and different places have their own dialects. Words are added as needed and removed when not needed. Some speakers even replace the first letter of a Swardspeak word with a combination of one or two letters, and replace the vowels "a", "o" and "u" with "er", "or" and "ur" to make it do sound like a foreign language and further confuse non-speakers.
Swardspeak is a cousin language to Bahasa Binan Indonesian that works by adding "en" in the middle of a word and removing other letters.In Binan, which refers to a transvestite man, comes from the wordto the bank. The "ci" was dropped while "in" was placed between "b" and "an".
Also called Rogue's CantorPeddler's French, Thieves' Cant was a language of choice for clandestine communication between thieves and beggars in many English-speaking countries, including Great Britain. Its use has declined considerably, although it is still used by gangs in the United States and Great Britain. There are two versions of Thieves' Cant: Simple Thieves' Cant and Advanced Thieves' Cant.
Simple Thieves' Cant is the more popular of the two and has been used by novice criminals, lower class citizens, and law enforcement agencies. Unbeknownst to many Simple Thieves' Cant speakers, Advanced Thieves' Cant was used by high-level criminals. Despite this, it was rarely used or written down and could only be learned orally by a skilled criminal.
In Simple Thieves' Cant, a criminal is referred to as a "pigeon collector", a victim is referred to as a "pigeon", and the art of forgery is referred to as "drawing the king's portrait". In Advanced Thieves' Cant, "desert" is "akbun", "diamond" is "urtel", "farm" is "narak", "food" is "safe", and "hello" is "syetonta". A dictionary of Simple Thieves' Cant can be foundHere, while one can be found for Advanced Thieves' CantHere.
Nushu, which means "female script," is an exclusively female language used by Chinese women. It originated in Hunan province, China, around 15 BC. when women, who were prohibited from studying, graduated and used it to secretly communicate with each other. language was awell kept secretand it only became popular in the West in the 1980s.
Some of its characters were derived from the Chinese language, while others were invented. Like Chinese, nushu is written and read from top to bottom and right to left. But unlike Chinese, its characters take up less space and contain more curved lines. The last proficient Nushu speaker was Yang Huanyi, who died in 2004 at the age of 94 or 98.
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The Kallawaya language is spoken exclusively by members of the Kallawaya tribe in Bolivia. Living in six villages in the Apolobamba region of Bolivia, the Kallawayas are traditional healers who use the language for healing purposes, although they sometimes use it in their daily conversations.
The Kallawaya language was derived from the Quechua language of the Incas. It is not written down, but is passed down orally from parent to child or from an experienced healer to his student. Children are exempt from learning Kallawaya and it is reserved only for teenagers and adults who wish to become traditional healers. That's allfade quicklyand has fewer than 100 live speakers.
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What is the most popular secret language? ›
Pig Latin. This is the most popular and well-known secret language. Move the first letter to the end of the word and add “ay” to it.What is the most unspoken language? ›
This is the language they use to communicate while hunting. However, it does not travel very far compared to other unspoken languages. In China's Zhenjiang province, a type of humming is also used. Humming is one of the world's rarest form of non-verbal communication.
Furbish. In general: the smaller the vocabulary, the easier a language is to learn. That's why many fictional linguists find the gibberish spoken by the Furby talking toy a good place to start.What are some easy secret languages? ›
- Ubbi Dubbi. Made popular by the classic PBS children's program Zoom, Ubbi Dubbi is a nonsense language in which the syllable ub is inserted before each vowel of a word. ...
- Morse Code. ...
- Mirror Writing. ...
- Letters for Numbers. ...
- Pig Latin. ...
- Invisible Ink.
István Deák. On September 1, the Slovak parliament made it largely illegal for its citizens to use any language other than Slovak.What is the 0 1 language? ›
That language of 1's and 0's is called binary. Computers speak in binary because of how they are built.What language did Jesus speak? ›
Most religious scholars and historians agree with Pope Francis that the historical Jesus principally spoke a Galilean dialect of Aramaic. Through trade, invasions and conquest, the Aramaic language had spread far afield by the 7th century B.C., and would become the lingua franca in much of the Middle East.Is there a dead language? ›
Currently, there are 573 known extinct languages. These are languages that are no longer spoken or studied. Many were local dialects with no records of their alphabet or wording, and so are forever lost.What is the least liked language? ›
Tanema (Solomon Islands)
Also known as Tetawo, the Tanema language is again only spoken by one person, Lainol Nalo, on the island of Vanikoro, in the easternmost province of the Solomon Islands.
Interestingly, the hardest language to learn is also the most widely spoken native language in the world. Mandarin Chinese is challenging for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the writing system is extremely difficult for English speakers (and anyone else) accustomed to the Latin alphabet.
What is the 7 hardest language to learn? ›
- 1 – Chinese (Mandarin)
- 2 – Arabic.
- 3 – Japanese.
- 4 – Korean.
- 5 – Hungarian.
- 6 – Finnish.
- 7 – Xhosa.
- Mandarin. Right at the top is the most spoken language in the world: Mandarin. ...
- Arabic. ...
- Japanese. ...
- Hungarian. ...
- Korean. ...
- Finnish. ...
- Basque. ...
- Norwegian. This may come as a surprise, but we have ranked Norwegian as the easiest language to learn for English speakers. ...
- Swedish. ...
- Spanish. ...
- Dutch. ...
- Portuguese. ...
- Indonesian. ...
- Italian. ...
The phenomenon, also called cryptophasia (Greek: “secret” + “speech”), describes a language developed by twins in early childhood which they only speak with each other.Is there a language no one speaks? ›
It is an incredibly unique language because it has no verbs or nouns. In fact, it does not even have spoken words. It is a language that consists of whistling. Gomera is a very mountainous region, so whistling is an effective way to communicate over large distances.
Unless you're speaking Esperanto, it's best to cover your ears. It's been suggested people can't swear in Japanese or Finnish, but the rumours are wrong in both cases - the only languages in which one cannot swear are 'artificial' ones such as Esperanto.What is hi to binary? ›
Hi in binary code is Zero, one, zero, zero, one, zero, zero, zero, space, zero, one, one, zero, one, zero, zero, one.What is C in binary? ›
How do you write 1 in binary? We can write 1 in binary as 1 or 0001.What language did Adam and Eve speak? ›
The Adamic language, according to Jewish tradition (as recorded in the midrashim) and some Christians, is the language spoken by Adam (and possibly Eve) in the Garden of Eden.
What is God called in Aramaic? ›
Cognates of the name "Allāh" exist in other Semitic languages, including Hebrew and Aramaic. The corresponding Aramaic form is Elah (אלה), but its emphatic state is Elaha (אלהא). It is written as ܐܠܗܐ (ʼĔlāhā) in Biblical Aramaic and ܐܲܠܵܗܵܐ (ʼAlâhâ) in Syriac as used by the Assyrian Church, both meaning simply "God".How tall was Jesus? ›
He may have stood about 5-ft.-5-in. (166 cm) tall, the average man's height at the time.What are 3 dying languages? ›
- Irish Gaelic. Thought the Irish only spoke in English? ...
- Krymchak. Rarely heard of, and incredibly at risk is Krymchak, a language spoken by the Crimea people, a peninsula of Ukraine. ...
- Saami. ...
- Ts'ixa. ...
- Okanagan-Colville. ...
- Rapa Nui. ...
- Ainu. ...
Sumerian can be considered the first language in the world, according to Mondly. The oldest proof of written Sumerian was found on the Kish tablet in today's Iraq, dating back to approximately 3500 BC.What is a rare language to learn? ›
Leonese is one of the most obscure languages in the entire world- only being spoken by between 20,000 and 50,000 people, and only known by a handful more people!What is the 2 hardest language? ›
Ever heard of Malayalam? Officially recognised by Google as the 2nd toughest language in the world.What is the 5 hardest language? ›
According to a UNESCO survey, Bengali has been classified as the sweetest language in the world. As a language, Bengali is widely spoken all over India, including Assam and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The sweetest language in the world is also recognized in the Constitution of India.What is the world's 3rd hardest language? ›
3. Japanese Comes In The List Of Top 10 Hardest Languages To Learn. Belonging to the top 10 hardest languages to learn, Japanese is more comfortable speaking compared to Mandarin, but what makes it exist in this list? Japanese has a wide range of alphabets that need to be learned before writing in this language.What is the 20 hardest language in the world? ›
- Mandarin. No. of speakers: 1.3 billion.
- Arabic. No. of speakers: 274 million. ...
- Japanese. No. of speakers: 126 million. ...
- Korean. No. of speakers: 80 million. ...
- Thai. No. of speakers: 60 million. ...
- Vietnamese. No. of speakers: 77 million. ...
- Hindi. No. of speakers: 615 million. ...
- Icelandic. No. ...
Can you learn 2 languages at once? ›
Answer: Thankfully, your brain can definitely handle learning two (or more!) languages at once! (Two down, 6,998 to go.) But there are also some ways you can make this linguistic task easier on yourself.What is the hardest language to write? ›
Japanese has a reputation for being one of the world's hardest languages, and for good reason. Japanese has not one but three scripts you need to learn. Hiragana and Katakana, used mainly for writing foreign and Japanese words respectively, are phonetic, both containing 46 characters.What language has the most words? ›
The English language is believed to have more words than any other language in the world. But this isn't easy to prove. Since some languages, such as Chinese, are non-alphabetic, evaluating the number of words is difficult.Can you learn a language while sleeping? ›
Not a lot, unfortunately. As Jennifer Ackerman notes in her splendid 2007 book Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream, learning a language while sleeping “is probably impossible, [and] attempts to teach slumbering adult subjects vocabulary of foreign languages or lists of items have failed miserably.”Is Mandarin or Japanese harder? ›
Mandarin has the easiest grammar: if you translate “I eat rice” word-for-word, your translation is correct, and there are no honorifics. Japanese has so many loaned terms from English, that helps make it easier to remember words, especially when you are just learning.Is it too late to learn a language? ›
It does not matter how old you are, it is never too late to start learning a foreign language. Many language learners are put off by their advancing years; they believe age is a barrier to learning an entirely new language. However, this is not the case.Is English the hardest language ever? ›
As we've seen, then, English is pretty challenging. But it's not the only contender for the World's Most Difficult Language. Other notoriously tricky languages include Finnish, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin.What is the top 10 most spoken language in the world? ›
Currently, these are the 10 most spoken languages in the world in 2023, sorted by number of mother language speakers: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, English, Hindi, Bengali, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Yue chinese, Vietnamese.Which foreign language is in demand? ›
French is the most popular foreign language in India, and the reasons to learn French are apparent. With over 30 Francophone countries around the globe, It is spoken by roughly 300 million French speakers globally. According to Forbes, 750 million French speakers will be worldwide by 2050.What is the secret language in the world? ›
Cant (language), also known as cryptolect, the jargon or argot of a group, often employed to exclude or mislead people outside the group. Argot, strictly a proper language with its own grammar, used to prevent understanding by outsiders; sometimes argot is used as a synonym of cant or jargon.
What is the #1 language? ›
1. English – 1,121 million speakers. It is the most widely spoken language in the world because of the global impact of England and the United States in the last three centuries. It is not the mother tongue of most people, but it is the one that most people seek to learn.What is secret spoken language? ›
The phenomenon, also called cryptophasia (Greek: “secret” + “speech”), describes a language developed by twins in early childhood which they only speak with each other. Invented languages spoken by very few people are also referred to as autonomous languages or idioglossia.What is the most unique language? ›
- What's the most unique language in the world? ...
- Pirahã lacks basic sentence structure, undermining the long-held belief that sentence structure is something that all languages have in common. ...
- Tonality isn't the only thing that makes Pirahã so unique.
The Defense Language Institute (Where CIA Spies Study Languages) The Defense Language Institute (“DLI”), located in Monterey, California, is where the CIA, members of the U.S. armed forces and various other government agencies go to learn foreign languages.What language is the oldest? ›
Sumerian can be considered the first language in the world, according to Mondly. The oldest proof of written Sumerian was found on the Kish tablet in today's Iraq, dating back to approximately 3500 BC.