For any language, you need a good compiler, but you also need a good linter which conforms to best practices. Different people may use different linters – just as different people may use different compilers – based on the best practices to which they wish to conform. This is an paradigmatic/organizational thing, not a syntagmatic/syntactic thing
I started with BASIC because it was there, and then was educated using Pascal, which didn’t make sense to me specifically because it *was* very explicit… as soon as I started working with C, things clicked, and I feel the same way about JS.
Scheme or Lisp are also very explicit, transparent and literal, and completely obscure to most people.