How to Declare Your Confusion in Relation to Another Language—Anywhere

By Jamie Condliffe on at

If you find something confusing, you might find yourself uttering that what you’re dealing with is “all Greek” to you. But what do the Greeks say? And for that matter, what does everyone else around the world say?

Turns out, there’s a Wikipedia page which explains it—of course there is—but Nathan Yau decided to graph the relationships out to make it all a bit easier to understand. Turns out that the majority of languages refer to Chinese as the impenetrable language that the confusing thing is akin to. And the Greeeks? They just call it nonsense. [Flowing Data]