The KJV translates Strong's H1101 in the following manner: mingled (37x), confound (2x), anointed (1x), mixed (1x), give provender (1x), tempered (1x), non translated variant (1x).
Outline of Biblical Usage [?]
to mix, mingle, confuse, confound
to mingle, confuse
to give provender, feed (animals)
(Hithpoel) to mix oneself (among others)
(Hiphil) to fade away
בָּלַל bâlal, baw-lal'; a primitive root; (also denominatively from H1098) to fodder to overflow (specifically with oil.); by implication, to mix; to fodder:—anoint, confound, × fade, mingle, mix (self), give provender, temper.
Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon [?]
to pour over
to pour together.
so what happened was more of a mixing and matching occurred. language flows like water (a type of the spirit). in many places in scripture it talks about the sound of many waters. thats what a large crowd sounds like. when listening to it you can pick out some words but not others. and much of it is distorted du to the mixing of the different frequencies. this is how we got the different languages on earth from one language.
these are basic things. if words are how the spirit of god gets into us, then words are important.
Matthew 12:36 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
36 I promise you that on the day of judgment, everyone will have to account for every careless word they have spoken.