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If languages had flavours, what would they taste like?

German tastes of sauerkraut...

I have treated this questions with the academic rigour it deserves. I therefore began my investigations by typing “the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog” into google translate.

Norwegian : Den raske brune raeven hoppet over den dovne hunden
Italian: La volpe marrone veloce saltò sul cane pigro
German: Der schnelle braune Fuchs sprang über den faulen [lang] Hund
Dutch: De snelle [goed] bruine vos sprong over de luie hond
French: Le rapide renard brun sauta par dessus le chien paresseux

I then pronounced each sentence carefully (in my best exaggerated accent) and these are my impressions:

  • ENGLISH IS IDENTIFIED BY ITS DENTAL FRICATIVE ‘TH’ AND LABIAL ‘R’
    The unique identifier for English amongst these languages is the dental fricative that gives us ‘the’. We also have an r which is in most dialects produced with the lips rather than with a trill or tap on the alveolar ridge or in the throat
  • ITALIANS LIKE APICAL CONSONANTS
    Whereas English has light and dark ‘l’s, Italians like the lightest of light ‘l’s using only the apical section of their tongue.
  • NORWEGIANS PREFER LAMINAL CONSONANTS
    Not dissimilar to English, but instead of the dental fricative ‘th’, Norwegian uses a laminal ‘d’, using the laminal tip of the tongue against the teeth or alveolar ridge. This is a common sound in many European languages.
  • FRENCH LIKE TO MIX EVERYTHING UP
    As befits the language from the centre of the area I have investigated, French has elements of all the languages around it. I am therefore going to say it uses all the different parts of the mouth - labial, dental/alveolar, palatal, velar/uvular - and has no particular preference for one area
  • GERMANS LIKE THE BACK OF THE TONGUE
    I really wanted a ‘lang’ in my translated phrase (so I shoved one in) as I when I impersonate German, I think of velar nasals using the sides of the tongue at the back of my mouth. ‘Ng’ As in Ich habe hunNGer.
  • DUTCH LIKE THEIR THROATS
    Again, this is useless translated phrase as I really needed a ‘goed’ to provide the velar or uvular fricative to impersonate someone Dutch. Greeks also use this unusual collection of sounds, as do cartoon characters when they are being choked.

Now, it is common knowledge that taste buds are located around the tongue’s geography such that different areas are responsible for generating different taste sensations.

From this I have come up with the unique taste of each language based on reeeeaally sound scientific principles and some national stereotyping:

Italian → apical → sweet → eg ice cream;

Norwegian →laminal →salty → eg salted cod;

French →whole tongue → umami →Steak;

German →back of tongue at the sides →sour →saurkraut;

Dutch →uvulor →bitter →endive

The labial and teeth parts of the mouth are not so easily mapped onto a taste. Of course the tongue tip is used for these sounds that are identifers of English, so English must be a combination of sweet taste, but using more of the lips as part of the sensation ….

English → lips →sweet → DOUGHNUT!


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Which language seems the "tastiest" for you?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
13 Comments
Julie Domaille
I think the French would have been a more salty cheese with a nice wine. English more Yorkshire pudding batter and a warm beer. Italians could say they need a tube of haemorrhoids cream, it would still sound like poetry, Germanic conjures up something crunchy/savoury and Scandi languages bring on visions of thick broth comfort food on a freezing cold day. Love that languages are so random
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Sep 15, 2021 4:46PM
Joy Holbrook
What a load of miseries people are. I do realise that humour is gradually disappearing thanks to political correctness but surely people recognise a bit of fun when they see it.
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Jul 21, 2020 12:40AM
Elmar B
What a bunch of bs
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Oct 22, 2019 9:32PM
Mark Lucas-Taylor
This would be interesting if not for the misconceptions regarding taste areas of the tongue. It may be “common knowledge that taste buds etc....” but this statement is erroneous. All areas of the tongue and concomitantly the taste buds can taste equally. The tongue is no longer considered to have separate taste areas.
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Aug 22, 2019 10:26PM
ninakamwene
As an African I feel left out. We do have many other languages but if I have to choose from above, I would choose French because I like steak, it is also a sweet language and I enjoy it. I did study it for 8 years. It is my favorite European language by far. Merci beaucup. Ahsante in Swahili. Thank you.
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Jul 2, 2019 2:22AM
Michael Johnston
O-O
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Nov 10, 2018 5:45AM
David Roy
I know what Turkey tastes like.
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Nov 8, 2018 5:35PM
Ian Swindale
Not sure I fully understood this but it was interesting
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Nov 8, 2018 9:37AM
Margie Wilson
That Should be "What does French taste like. Silly!
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Nov 7, 2018 11:48PM
Kanukurthy Sudershan Rao
Only few European languages are compared what about Asian, Native American, African languages. Taste these languages too brother.
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Nov 7, 2018 9:04PM
Roger Heard
It's "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Otherwise there's no 's'.
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Nov 7, 2018 7:26PM
Michele Barnett
Quite entertaining!
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Nov 7, 2018 5:52PM
Don Racette
Any that includes limburger cheese
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Nov 6, 2018 5:31PM

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