Speak of the devil is a fascinating idiom of itself. It is used when an object of discussion unexpectedly becomes present during the conversation. It’s even more fascinating to know how other languages express the same occurrence. We have asked our multilingual followers at The Language Nerds about the equivalent of speak of the devil in the different languages they speak and they were generous enough to provide very insightful responses that we compiled for you here and we hope they stimulate your curiosity.
Speak of the wolf and he’s out of the woods.
Speak of the wolf, and there is its tail.
When you mention the cat, it comes out jumping.
Shout shite and it comes flying.
When you speak of the trolls, they are standing in the hallway.
Remember the shit, and here it comes!
Speak of the King of Rome.
Talk about the Devil, see a pair of horns growing.
It’s a pity we didn’t speak about the Messiah.
Speak of the donkey.
Don’t paint the devil on the wall, or it will manifest.
Speak of the devil and its shadow will appear.
Speak of the devil and its horns shall appear.
Speak of the sun, and it is shining.
Mention the wolf and prepare a bat.
You shall have a long life.
We were speaking about the wolf and the wolf appeared at the door!
Speak of the wolf.
When the evil is mentioned, it appears.
Speak of the wolf and here it is.
If one speaks of the angel, the priest comes.
Speak of the wolf and he will appear near the sheep.
Even a tiger appears when he is spoken about.
Speak of the dog and make your stick ready!
You speak about the wolf and it is right at the door.
Speak of Cao Cao and he’ll arrive.
Look what the sea has brought up