> I wasted 15 seconds clicking that link before my
> brain kicked in with “have you really clicked on a
> link to find out what kind of Ramen you are?!”
You can find many types of noodles and noodle dishes in Japan... Ramen refers to a specific type of noodle served in a broth (pork bone broth seems most common) with toppings.
Americans sometimes just refer to dried instant noodles generically as "ramen" - I don't think it's necessarily technically accurate, but as with many things, once it has entered common parlance, there's little point arguing with it. But I don't think that usage is really common here.
The Hierarchy of Foreignness was a classification system of humans and other species designed by Valentine Wiggin in her "Letter to the Framlings" as Demosthenes, for classifying how "alien" an individual was relative to a subject.
It was organized in four tiers, from least alien to most:
An utlänning was defined as a stranger recognized as human from the same planet as a subject, but of a different nation or city.
Utlänning means "foreigner" in Swedish.
A främling was defined as a stranger recognized as human, but from a different planet than a subject.
Främling means "stranger" in Swedish
Ramen were defined as strangers recognized as "human", but of another sentient species entirely. The term was only ever used to refer to the entire species as a whole rather than an individual member.
Ramen means "the frame" or "the framework" in Swedish.
Varelse were defined as true aliens; they may or may not be sentient beings, but are so foreign that no meaningful communication is possible with the subject.