Other times the linguist was always a part of the squad, but has been hiding their talents out of fear their friends will think the linguist is like their enemy, or unapproachably intellectual. If their skill with languages is overplayed, they may become an Omniglot.It is also not uncommon for this character to be a Gentleman and a Scholar. A common subversion of this trope is to land the Cunning Linguist in a situation where he/she doesn't speak the language—often a ridiculously common one, like Spanish or French.In New England we find Cape Verdians, Africans who migrated here in the 18th and 19th century aboard whaling ships that stopped in Cabo Verde, an island off the coast of West Africa, to resupply and pick up extra hands.
This trope is named for the cunning most linguists display throughout a given movie, always saving the squad's collective asses with only their quick wit and quicker language skills, and is not at all a pun on the word "cunnilingus" (that we took from James Bond).(Thy Black Man.com) Contrary to popular belief, African Americans are by no means a homogeneous population.For Indians, this ceremonial gesture was as serious as business ever gets: Smoking the pipe represents a sacred trust between the two groups of people, that members of each group are bound to help members of the other under any circumstance. Even though six outposts were established within the first few years, few “settlers” were willing or able to do even the minimal amount of work required to produce their own food.Most lacked the knowledge or energy required even to gather nuts and berries or to scoop up the bountiful shellfish that proliferated in the waters around the Gulf of Mexico.In truth however, the Africans and Caribbean peoples have been coming here for nearly 150 years and blending in, over time, with the Africans already here. This is a story of Indian and African resistance to white colonial rule in Louisiana during the earliest days of French occupation. We must not dismiss the genocide against Indians and Africans or the clever and fierce resistance that Indians and Africans put up in the wake of an unholy tumult perpetrated by Europeans.
If ever a group of people was so incapable of living independently as to justify the enslavement of others more capable, it was these French trespassers.
For example, Jean Baptiste Pont du Sable, who founded Chicago was a Creole.
There is still a large community of Creoles in Louisiana today. It is said that, as intermediaries between the Blacks and the whites, they got European instruments into the hands of African musicians and thereby facilitated the development of jazz.
Such people tend to have worked in intelligence, where the language skills required are generally more exotic.
Another is to simply depict them as being bad at a given language they claim to speak well. Can easily overlap with the Communications Officer.
Indians always took them in and fed and housed them for weeks and even months at a time.