I've always used the term canonical syntax to refer to a computer language, the syntax of which is verbose and resembles the patter in conventional human speech. Recently, I learned that canonical actually means accepted by vast consensus, so I'm lacking a word in my vocabulary now. Actually I lack two, because the opposite of that I referred to as uncanonical syntax.
Example for the different syntaxes' look.
if condition is true then begin call donkey end else begin exit end end if if(condition) donkey(); else exit();
To make it easier to come up with a great answer, I'm quoting from one of the comments.
"Cobol and SQL have XXX syntax, while C# and Java have YYY syntax, whereas LINQ has both XXX and YYY syntaxes."
What would appropriate values for XXX and YYY be?