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Inkling is the language in which Inklings in Splatoon communicate. While individual letters, words, and the occasional phrase are often similar to real-life languages, Inkling as a whole has been confirmed by Splatoon developers to be almost entirely random.
Inkling speech may occasionally sound and in some ways look like real words, but for the most part, it is indecipherable high-pitched gurgling.
Some Inkling words are clearly readable as English or Japanese words.
Words around Inkopolis
|The studio where Inkopolis News is filmed has an "On Air" sign.|
|The sign at Mahi-Mahi Resort, saying "Mahi-Mahi Resort and Spa".|
|The banner at Shellendorf Institute resembles the letters "Tho Davon Mujum," which is similar to the stage's name in Japanese, "Devon Oceanographic Museum".|
Ammo Knights' logo resembles the words "Kuji Alive", which is similar to "Weapons Alive" or "Kuji Weapon Shop".
Squid Beatz 2's logo resembles the words "Ika Radio 2", translating to "Squid Radio 2".
Octopus-style posters near the Deepsea Metro read "Octavi", similar to "octavo" which means "eighth", along with a faded picture of an octopus. It is possibly a movie poster.
|The Forge brand logo resembles the letters "Forリマ", which is similar to the brand's name in Japanese, フォーリマ (fōrima).|
|The Splash Mob brand logo resembles the letters "GiMN", which is similar to the brand's name in Japanese, ジモン (jimon). Interestingly, Gimn is a Russian word, meaning "Anthem", "Canticle", "Carol" or "Hymn".|
|The Tentatek brand logo resembles the letters "AROME", which is the brand's name in Japanese, アロメ (arome).|
|The Zink brand logo resembles the letters "IArOIC", which vaguely resembles the brand's name in Japanese, アイロニック (aironikku, i.e. "ironic").|
There have been many attempts at decoding the Inkling language but so far none have been successful, leading some to believe the language is just gibberish.
Names in other languages
|Dutch||Taal van de Inklings||Language of the Inklings|
|German||Sprache der Inklinge||Inkling Language|
|Italian||Lingua degli Inkling||Language of the Inkling|
|Spanish||Lenguaje inkling||Inkling language|
|Portuguese||Língua Inkling||Inkling language|