When I joined this forum in 2008, I did not know any of this special JW language, having never been involved in the cult, and it took some time to learn the vocabulary and phraseology. I'm now quite fluent in 'JW-isms' thanks to reading this website.
During my first few weeks of reading the forum, as well as learning the meaning of words like 'field service', 'Bethel', 'judicial committee', 'being marked' etc, I also had to learn lots of abbreviations like WTS, MS, COBE, DF'd, KH, GB, and others.
Unfortunately, it made it even more confusing when posters used slang apostate terms like 'boasting session'. I had no clue what that meant.
Three of the words/phrases that I recall finding very odd at first were:
- 'ones' eg as in 'interested ones' written in the society's literature. It just sounded awkward, no one else uses that..
- 'faithful and discrete slave' - I couldn't get my head around the idea of the leadership being pleased to be compared to a slave; that word has such negative connotations in modern society.
- 'Sheep-like' - I was astounded to learn that acting like a sheep was supposed to be a good thing. Outside of the bible, the word has strongly undesirable implications, relating to slow-witted dumb animals who don't think for themselves but just blindly follow others even if the 'mob-mentality' direction is to jump over the edge of the cliff. Ironically, I found out it's very apt when referring to JWs, although its not intended to be thought of in that way.