weird phrases in WT

by badboy 56 Replies latest jw friends

  • bigmouth

    Arrangement!..everything from the marriage~~~ to the elder ~~~ etc. etc.
    'Happifying' drove me nuts, as did 'behooves' and phrases like " do we not.....?".

    If you want to find a stack more official words, go look at the TMS Guidebook!!

  • garybuss

    At arm's length I thought referring to the religion as "the truth" was odd. Did you ever hear a Jehovah's Witnesses who was asked what religion are you? and they'd answer "Oh I'm in the truth". I never heard that ever.

    But, at an assembly, a complete stranger would walk up to the post I was leaning on and ask me "How long you been in the truth?". Odd! Another one was: "How did you get the truth?". Weird!

    One thing pissed me off was when Witnesses I didn't like would walk up to me and call me "brother"! There was a pretty long list of don't likes by the time I left and calling me "brother" got ya added to it fast. Lots of Witnesses would refer to other Witnesses as the "friends" (I hated that) and they'd have a compulsion to end sentences with the word "brother". "Where's your tie . . . brother?". They knew my name. It was a condescending approach to a person (me) that didn't appreciate a condescending approach to something that wasn't any of their business in the first place.

  • I quit!
    I quit!

    "Jehovah's people" always sounded funny to me. As in I'll have my people contact your people.

    I remember them referring to the act of not going to meetings or out in service regularly as "begging off". I always felt that what they really wanted to say began with and F.

  • bigmouth

    Another thing along similar lines to garybuss; I've always considered the use of someones first name as an indication of closeness or friendship and nothing to do with over-familiarity, but I can recall cringing when some stupid directive was read (maybe in a WT) about how much more loving it was to call your brothers and sisters as 'brother.... and sister....'

    The cool brothers got away with calling everyone 'bro'

  • hamsterbait

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    At Cedar Point Ohio, in 1919 the audience WAS WAS WAS "happified" to be told of their new advertizing and sales campaign.

    HAPPIFICATION does exist.

    HB ( of the "Happified Borg" class)

    And a brother "Reaching Out" needs a killer rack to grab.

  • riverofdeceit

    Already mentioned but ones I had thought of

    1. THE Society: sounds like some crappy movie about a cult(how fitting), or a John Grisham book)
    2. "The Truth": Used so much that people who don't even believe it anymore call it "the truth" without thinking about what they are saying.
    3. The organization: see "The society"
    4. Out in service: sounds like a military term.
  • cathyk

    "Happifying" was still around in the WT as of 1997:



    . "Since 1975 a great effort has been put forth to take the good news to all the islands and archipelagoes in our territory, which covers an area as large as Western Europe. The results have been happifying. ..."


  • riverofdeceit

    Always being told to heed, "heed the warning""heed the example"

  • SirNose586
    Oh, sorry I thought they said it was in a wt article. I must have read it wrong.

    Oh no, it's all over the place; I just looked in the '05 watchtower CD. Thankfully they stopped using it in '98. I guess that's what you get when you let people with no more than a HS education proofread your articles.

  • aquagirl

    anyone remember 'backcalls'?..and 'wordly' is too funny.they use it like its a bad thing!!..i hate the term'gods kingdon'for some reason,altho i know many religions use it..creeps me out.'the faithful and discreet slave',sounds like a bad porn movie....

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